Students in urban schools tend to have stereotypes attached to them. Rather than see these students as individual learners, many urban kids and their schools are often thrown into the "lost cause" category.
A school is the ultimate place to carry out an act of terror because it symbolizes the deepest elements of what is still good in our society. It symbolizes our beginnings. It symbolizes our future. It symbolizes our dreams.
Changed attitudes, values and behavior are the building blocks of empowerment. So, what needs to happen to fix our schools is not rocket science. Priorities for parent involvement need to be changed and alternative approaches explored.