You might expect that locked up young kids are on the lowest rung of that ladder both on the block and in the general prison population. But it goes lower: incarcerated women, what I call the invisible prison population.
Author and activist David Chura investigates the mystery of prison recidivism and comes to a surprising—yet poignant—conclusion.
Are new education standards killing the will to learn? Writer and educator David Chura describes the intense pressure faced by students to meet ever more demanding standards set by the Common Core and Race to the Top.
Educator David Chura makes a case for reforming the juvenile justice system, and keeping teenagers out of adult correctional facilities.
David Chura has advice for a teacher new to working with young offenders: don't take it personally.
Teachers aren't afraid of their students, school shooters, or angry helicopter parents. What scares them most?
Do kids learn more when they read dry government documents or when they connect with a book or poem that speaks to their experiences?
Three questions for David Chura about the challenges and rewards of teaching.
It is hard to achieve academic parity in the face of massive economic disparity.
Does caring about victims of crime mean that we must take revenge on offenders? Or is there a better way forward?
Today's post comes from educator David Chura, author of I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup. He has worked with at-risk teenagers for the past 40 years. For 26 of those...
When our high-stakes testing regime discourages learning, who is really the failure?
Arizona has instituted a $25 fee for any adult visiting an inmate in its prison system. For cash-strapped families, this creates a barrier to maintaining vital connections with incarcerated relatives.
If anyone doubts that the young people locked up in our jails are children they should spend some time in one of those prisons around holiday time.
The number of women in prison has grown 832% in the past few decades, and society tends to demonize girls in the system as irredeemable.
David Chura is happy to see people speaking up for kids in prison, but the fact is: those kids are still in prison.
A night with a book club reminds an author of why he wrote his book.
The global picture for youths in the criminal justice system can be bleak, but David Chura sees glimmers of hope in the hard work of a few individuals.
For kids in the juvenile justice system, "graduation day" means signing some paperwork and taking a bus ride back to the same violent neighborhood.
David Chura knows what it's like to teach under less-than-ideal conditions, and he knows why teachers continue to do so.