Welcome to a hot and humid day, where our question this week is sure to unclog your cogs and warm up your grey cells.

A recent Freedom of Information request has revealed an alarming level of offending and reoffending amongst children. In 2013, 34,600 children from the ages of  10 to 17 were convicted of a crime. Almost 5,000 children aged 16 or 17 convicted last year had more than five previous convictions each, including 214 who had been convicted more than 20 times.

The blame for this epidemic seems to have fallen squarely on the education sector’s shoulders, with experts in the field claiming that failures in teaching and education generally are responsible, but we’re not so sure.

Our question to you then, is just this: is youth crime in this context an education issue or is there more to this phenomenon?

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