This was certainly true of the young men I interviewed... They were not taught to read or write properly by seven. Unable to understand what was going on, humiliated in lessons, taunted by other children but desperate to prove themselves at something, they began to misbehave in the last two years of primary school. At secondary school, their behaviour deteriorated. ‘I was embarrassed by my reading,’ said one man now in his twenties from Nottingham, ‘So I became the class clown.’ Another from Streatham said of his
secondary school, ‘Why did them teachers keep askin me questions? They knew I couldn’t read but they keep on askin. So I stopped goin to school.’ They either played truant or were excluded. By 14, the age when boys drop out or are excluded, most were into crime and drugs – only turning up to school to sell drugs or stolen goods.
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