Articles about Involvement in Gang Violence and Methods of Prevention for Students

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In low income areas and large cities, gang violence is a major problem many parents hope their children will avoid. Unaffordability makes the option of relocating out of the question for the majority of families. Very few people from neighborhoods such as this are able to go to college because of the expense and lack of motivation from the students. Scholarships are the only hope for kids who grow up in environments like downtown Oakland or Berkeley, California. Scholarships can only be granted through outstanding skills in academics, sports, and extracurricular activities, though, not because a student has the ability to stab with a knife, torment innocent pedestrians on the street, or shoot a gun from a moving car. Solutions to preventing involvement in dangerous gangs are numerous, but do the methods actually work? The solution of being successful in sports is usually every kid's dream. Some imagine pitching from a major league baseball mound or dunking a goal during an NBA game. Should this dream be supported? Maybe enforcing a school wide dress code would develop a community atmosphere for the students at a faster pace than a small, athletic team would. Each of these methods are discussed in separate articles. George Dohrmann, author of “How Dreams Die,” relies on pathos to explain how sports are no longer a solution for preventing students’ involvement in gangs, yet Mike Knox who wrote “The Case for Strictly Enforced Dress Codes in Schools” does a better job of incorporating logos into his argument about providing stricter dress codes to decrease the number of students joining gangs, therefore making his the stronger argument between the two. Dohrmann's pathos-driven argument begins with the heartbreaking life story of Fr... ... middle of paper ... ...rites of well thought out ideas, but has no data to support his thoughts and is unsuccessful in proving himself as a credible source. In the end, Knox wrote a stronger argument, but both authors should improve their styles in order to reinforce their cases. Personally, I am not strongly influenced by either argument because of the flaws that have been detected. I have learned a lot from Dohrmann and Knox's beliefs, but neither author has fully gained my commitment. Works Cited Dohrmann, George. "How Dreams Die." 2008. The Purposeful Argument: A Practical Guide. By Harry Phillips and Patricia Bostian. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012. 400-05. Print. Knox, Mike. "The Case for Strictly Enforced Dress Codes in Schools." Gang Guy. Melaroo Web Marketing, LLC, 2010. Web. 28 Feb. 2012. "Mike Knox - Gang Expert." Gang Guy. Melaroo Web Marketing, LLC, 2010. Web. 28 Feb. 2012

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