If you have recently decided to teach a course in the sociology of gangs and gang violence as well as the complex relationships that gangs have with law enforcement agencies, you may be wondering what materials you can and should use to base your lessons on. Many students will have ideas in their heads about gangs based on television, movies, and even music that will influence their opinions even before the first day of class.
It may be possible to convince a college or high school student that even something boring can be beneficial to learn. Young kids may feel as if their math class is going to ruin their lives, but once they reach a certain level of maturity and understanding, they can usually be encouraged to do what is necessary to get through it. Children are not quite that easily convinced when they're three, however.