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Hai Pham 61699 Criminology One child grows up to be somebody who just loves to learn And the other child grows up to be somebody who just loves to burn 198 An excerpt of this poem paints a picture of two brothers John and Robert Wideman leading different lives Robert Wideman embraced a path common for black men during that era a life of crime glamour and drugs Quietly sitting in jail he reminisces deeply about his troubled past and the consequences of the future that now haunts him John on the other hand chose the path less taken by those living in the same world as he did and in due time become a successful professor at a University How did two people from the same origin living in similar environments and raised by a caring family choose such different paths Some might explain the cause to be risk factors learned behavior or missed opportunities When explaining criminal behavior it is inevitable to identify sociological behavioral and psychological problems as causes of crime John and Robert always dreamed about running away from the poverty embracing their community Even though they shared the same dream each considered different means of achieving this dream John determined early on that to get ahead to make something of myself college had seemed a logical necessary step my exile my flight from home began with good grades with good English 27 In order for John to climb the social status he realized that his only ticket out of poverty and his community is through a good education Status must be earned through hard work and determination Robert is just the
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