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In Baltimore, hope can be a dangerous thing

In Baltimore, hope can be a dangerous thing

On a warm summer Saturday last month, while many of you were relaxing with your families or running errands, I attended the funeral of a 16 year old. This is the fact of being a high school teacher in the third-most violent city in America. This year, my city has experienced an appalling number of homicides: 185 as of Wednesday morning. I have taught English in Baltimore City since 2003. I have experienced the deaths of five students aged 16 and under. I have lost other students to prison, with charges ranging from assault and rape to first degree murder. My wife is also a teacher in Baltimore, a special educator at one of the most difficult alternative schools in the city. Her school...

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