The term “American Gulag” has been coined by Kipnis to refer to harsh forms of gangs that American young boys form in order to get the attention they need. These young boys tend to move in groups which are defined by different styles, so that loud music, drug and alcohol abuse form the main activity in their lives as a whole. This destructive behavior amongst the American youth is defined by guns, homicides, lawlessness, as well as assault and substance abuse. Unlike other parts of the globe, the activity is considered to be rampant in America as a whole.
The term “Bad Boys to Good Men” is used by Kipnis to refer to the change of the course that he took in order to live a meaningful adult life altogether. In the book, he narrates the experience he had as a young teenager who after beating at home left for streets, foster homes, as well as other juvenile institutions. In the end, he decided to reform in order to live a positive life for which he dedicated it to help other young and troubled boys. In the book, he provides solutions that should be emulated and practiced by the adult fraternity in a bid to prevent and protect young boys from living negatively. He uses clinical assertions to defend and advise parents on the methodology to be used to deal with young boys.
The move to medicate boys with Ritalin in order to stimulate their respective attention-deficit natures is condemned and is considered unethical especially because it interferes with the normal behavior of boys in their respective undertakings. Also, the fact that 70 % of young teenagers subjected to violent behavior tend to replicate the same to their young children when they marry proves the assumption that violence is considered unethical and not up to the task.
My experience with the book is rather positive, since facts and occurrences happening in the book insight one’s deeper thinking. One is placed in a fair position through which one can think critically about various challenges young boys face while undergoing growth and development: both physically and psychologically.
The author provides the platform of challenges boys face and, in turn, present solutions to these plights altogether. Such challenges, as in exposure and parent neglect that force young boys to resort to violence, are considered reparable; especially, that parents can be enlightened on the matter and be equipped with necessary knowledge required to contain the matter at hand. Also, adult males are encouraged to play role models to young boys, and in that manner help they identify their respective talents and abilities. Teachers are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which promotes cohesion and equality altogether.