Dr. Taylor on MSU Today

February 19th, 2008

6 Responses to “Dr. Taylor on MSU Today”

  1. Dr. Robin Lee Says:

    The compelling portrait of Dr. Taylor presented in this piece speaks not only to the relevance of the “Each One, Teach One” philosophy, but also to the more salient issue of inner city youth and the systemic conditions under which they reside.

    In 2004, comedian and activist Bill Cosby took parents to task in a Washington speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of schools.

    Despite a growing Black middle class, Cosby said too many youth have embraced poor grammar, a thug-like appearance and a disdain for education, as their parents and community look the other way.

    Naturally, there was an outcry from the Black community as a result of Cosby’s candid commentary. I think what disappointed me most was not that Cosby conveyed his thoughts in a public arena, for all – those Black, White and Other – to hear; but that there was no credible rebuttal to the accuracy of his statements. There are, indeed, few positive examples of what one might consider communities that work. There are several, I am sure; however, these communities operate in austere contrast with the sizeable number of those that don’t. What Cosby made clear in his speech is that we have to stand and act: on behalf of our children, our communities and our future.

    Certainly, the piece presented here provides only a snapshot of the work that Dr. Taylor, Virgil Taylor, and their colleagues are doing to advance youth in our inner cities.

    As such, I will contend that the work that Dr. Taylor and his colleagues are doing will have an even greater impact.

    For example, recent research conducted by the National 4-H Headquarters and the United States Department of Agriculture reveals striking similarities and differences between inner city and rural youth:

    1. Birth rates for non-metropolitan females between the ages of 15-19 is only slightly lower than the birth rate for youth in large central metro areas (both are between 54-60 per
    1,000 females).

    2. Adolescents in rural communities may be at greater risk for pregnancy, negative birth outcomes, and STDs due to the relatively few resources that exist in their communities.

    3. Long distances to access resources, transportation and financial
    difficulties, scheduling problems, and lack of anonymity may prevent many teens from seeking the help they need.

    Clearly, “at risk youth” (defined globally as youth that are at risk because of their socio-economic status, environment, friends, family situation, behavioral problems, and physical or mental health) can be found in both metropolitan areas and in farming communities. In comparing “at risk youth” in both urban and rural communities, the message is clear—while the specific experiences of these groups may produce relatively stark differences, their similarities provide the nexus of the problems facing youth in America.

    In effect, Dr. Taylor’s attempt to counteract the mythology of urban youth, while, at the same time, confront the casual effects of poverty, crime and lack of resources, provides an essential blueprint from which all communities – both urban and rural – may utilize in attempting to preserve the future of our children. Therefore, Dr. Taylor’s “good works” will have a substantial impact on ALL communities—in both the inner city, as well as rural settings.

    My hat is off to Dr. Taylor—this “scholar of statistics”—revered by his students and mentees as one who made a difference in their lives. We can only hope that there are others among us acting in like kind.

  2. Judi Says:

    Proud to be apart of your team Doc.


  3. Benjamin Wiedmaier Says:

    I would like to say that this piece is fantastic. I am currently a student in one of Dr. Taylor’s Sociology classes and can say that now, more than ever, I have the utmost respect for this man.
    Hearing him speak in class each week is a joy; his views on issues and his realism with which he presents ideas is fresh and desperately needed in today’s academic environment.
    After stumbling upon this site through a link on Angel, I can see now that Dr. Taylor is more than a professor of sociology. He is a man with a worldly mission to bring about good into this world which has fallen into darkness. While the words I speak here do NOT do this man justice, let me close by saying
    I am honored to be taught by this man and I hope that I can one day inspire young people and others around me just as Dr. Taylor has done to myself.
    Thank you Dr. Taylor.

    Benjamin Wiedmaier
    Senior, MSU

  4. Thrasher Says:

    Dr.Carl Taylor was compared to the giants of our civil rights legacy and they comparsion was on the money. Dr.Taylor work and sage advice should be mandatory reading 24/7 for every parent and public offical in the marketplace who interact with our youth.

    As a living activist I am in awe of his work without question he is a living legend..

  5. Ray Smith Says:

    GREAT work from a GREAT man! I’m proud to know you Doc.

  6. Cerese Says:

    Great work Carl.

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