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What every adult in the U.S. needs to know about our youth
on April 26, 2015
For those who value youth and believe there is potential for a meaningful life in almost every child if given the opportunities to realize her or his best, Bernstein's book is a must. And for those who have concerns about how our society is measured and how resources are spent, this book is a must. For eight years Bernstein has thoroughly researched the issue of juvenile justice across the U.S. and reports on how this system, which is more than one hundred years old, has been failing youth over the decades in too many places and in horrifically inhumane ways and how some places have it right. Through case histories, studies, and statistics the reader is sensitized to the challenges and complexities children at risk, those who are incarcerated, and the professionals who serve them have faced and continue to face. Moreover, her analysis is hopeful: in 2015 we have the benefit of psychological, educational, and sociological research in adolescent development and brain science to make "the boutique programs [the programs that are effective] the status quo" and it could be, simply expressed but requiring a shift in attitude and culture, to base all programs on authentic relationships.