July 24, 2007 at 8:22 pm 2 comments


That’s the number of homicides that have occurred in Philadelphia in 2007, which averages out to more than 1 a day.

Every day in this city, one person is shot and killed. This doesn’t count the people who get shot and don’t die. It also doesn’t count the people who are stabbed and maimed with a less than lethal weapon.

Fingers are pointing everywhere – gun laws, not enough policing, uncooperative witnesses, broken crime cameras, too much trans fat.

Two suspects not mentioned enough are school and proper parenting. I don’t have officials statistics on this matter, but I would be willing to bet on an inverse correlation between a person’s time spent in school and number of people murdered. The Philadelphia school system has long been plagued by low attendance, poor college enrollment for those who graduate, violence, and sub-par reading and math skills. I read once that West Philadelphia High Schools have only about 10% of their students being proficient in reading and 3% in math. I took my maths in high school. 3 and 10 are low numbers in a 1-100 percentile way of looking at things.

I don’t know much about parenting so that might be a topic of discussion for another day (or year…) but I hope to see schooling being brought up more in the news.


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  • 1. Rhonda S.  |  July 26, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    I think if more police patrol the streets( and I mean on foot) they can have a feel of what’s actually going on in the streets. When they patrol in cars they really can’t see what’s going on. I have been a living in Philly since I was born, and as the years past the crime gets worse. What is it going to take for our children to wake up and realize that we are all family and they are killing there own family?

  • 2. Nanette  |  July 30, 2007 at 2:35 am

    interesting, one of my projects this summer at the NYC DOHMH involves promoting healthy parenting and interaction during early childhood (years 0-3) in order to improve the school readiness of NYC kids. But yeah, there’s a lot of evidence of the relationship between a child’s success in school (through a host of mechanisms) and good parenting practices.


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