Wake Up People

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Aisha Reed
Professor McKennon
English 67, 4:45
19 October 2011
Wake Up People

As children grow in this world full of shameless discoveries, we have uncovered an epidemic of fatherless homes. Have we ever asked this question? What happens to the children that grow up without fathers, and how do they contribute to society once they are adults? Not having a father in the home may seem like nothing uncommon, but it should be. According to the article from The News Letter of the Bay Area Male involvement Network - “Fatherless Homes Breed Violence,” shows startling statistics from numerous reliable sources, such as the Center for Disease Control that our youth are plagued with violence and self-destructive behavior because there is not a positive father in the home. This trend needs to be addressed and brought to the publics attention. Ignorance of this situation can no longer be accepted.

As children grow up in the home lacking the affection and guidance from a positive male figure, some children will turn to drugs to numb the emptiness. According to The News Letter of the Bay Area Male involvement Network - “Fatherless Homes Breed Violence,” children from fatherless homes are 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances and 5 times more likely to commit suicide. This is a wide spread social issue. Not having the father in the home can cause great grief and a sense of resentment towards one self. Children that take drugs or commit suicide will usually take this approach do to being depressed, and to be able to block it from their minds. As we all know, a child on drugs will soon turn out to be a student not in school. The News Letter of the Bay Area Male involvement Network - “Fatherless Homes Breed Violence,” states that 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.) We can see this is definitely a domino affect of a child in ruins.

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