Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lost Boys

A teacher and chaplain at a Christian reform school offers his four predictors of bad outcomes for boys, based on ten years of working directly with boys who wind up in his school:

1. Illegitimacy
2. Divorce.

Not surprising. Leaves a boy feeling rootless and rejected.

3. Adoption.

I recently discovered evidence that adopted kids are a big risk, regardless of how well they are parented, which surprised me. He agrees. The boy will take out his anger at the abandoning parents on the adoptive parents. Special warning from him: avoid kids from Eastern Europe. And especially avoid adopting Blacks if you are White.

4. Drugs. 

Again, not surprising. I have never known anyone whose life was improved by them.


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