Re "Teacher takes a new approach" (Our Region, Feb. 27): It is a good thing that students learn that it is important to read and get an education. As long as the students are reading, it doesn't really matter what book they are reading. It would be educational because a student will either learn from the book that they read or gain knowledge of it so when they get into a similar situation they have common sense on how to act in that situation. I think that an ex-gang member who left the gang life, went to school, and has his Ph.D can reach his voice out to the youth and tell his story. He can relate to others and shows how anyone can go to school and become something of themselves. We students can make a difference if we are steered in the right direction.
-- Lashayla White, Rancho Cordova