ERIC Number: ED098273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Violence in the Schools: Causes and Remedies. Fastback No. 46.
Berger, Michael Louis
Despite disagreement over how large a problem crime and violence actually is, there can be little question that violence affects school life. The concern here is to assess the probable causes of such actions and to offer possible remedies for them. No one really knows the exact degree to which violence stems from the child, the home, the community, the school, or some combination of all these. It cannot be denied that urban society tends to be a violent one, and that aspects of it overflow into the school. On the other hand, it must be admitted that some antisocial behavior originates within the school and that some is reinforced by policies of and attitudes found in the school. It must be remembered that the school is never really a separate enclave which can remain untouched by the society it serves. Nonetheless, it might be said that the schools contribute to their own problem of crime and violence in three areas: governance, interpersonal communication, and leadership. Immediate measures are preventive. They do not provide remedies for the causes of urban school violence. We must concentrate our greatest efforts on changing the values and attitudes of those who attend and manage our schools. We must develop strategies to create an environment where students, teachers, and administrators can resolve conflicts peacefully. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Communication Problems, Conflict Resolution, Crime, Discipline Policy, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Governance, Leadership, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Policy, Urban Schools, Violence
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Box 789, 8th and Union, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.