ERIC Number: ED033462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Dissent and Disruption in Secondary Schools.
Chesler, Mark A.
The nature of student-school conflict was studied through interviews and discussions with students in several crisis-torn secondary schools across the country. Complaints were widely repeated that high school curriculum was not geared to the needs of the noncollege-bound student. Grievances were also expressed over the traditional character of classroom instruction that included exacting control over a student's behavior. Overt and subtle racism in secondary schools has also led to disruptive incidents. The schools' apparent disregard for other social problems including the draft, poverty, and political power inequities has also been attacked by students. It is advocated that teachers and administrators give immediate and constant attention to a reformation of the schools that will alter these conditions. One solution proposes a student-faculty government to establish grievance procedures and to stimulate dialogue between the two groups. If this shared power concept avoids tokenism, the probability of open conflict will be reduced. Instrumental to this effort would be the hiring of competent instructors and the development of public accountability of school systems to the clients they serve. The document includes some role playing exercises that highlight student-school conflict in secondary schools. (LN)
Descriptors: Activism, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Grievance Procedures, Political Issues, Role Playing, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary Schools, Social Problems, Student Alienation, Student Behavior, Student School Relationship, Tokenism
Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc., Fairmont Bldg., 680 Merrick St., Wayne State Univ., Detroit, Mich. 48202 ($1.00 members, $1.50 non-members).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc., MI.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc. (May 15, 1969).