ERIC Number: ED200549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
"But Teach, You Ain't Listenin'" or How to Cope with Violence in a Public School Classroom.
Suggestions put forth in this paper on coping with violence in the classroom are based on the ethical teaching found in the Sermon on the Mount, personal experiences, and from various teachers, philosophers, and advocates of nonviolent behavior. Chapter headings for the major sections include: (1) Our culture reflects what it values--violence is a learned behavior; (2) Love: It can outlast anything, even violence; (3) Mental health: Its role in nonviolent behavior in schools; and (4) Teachers tend to teach as they have been taught, or the philosophical basis of violence. Vignettes of situations in which violent behavior is met with the philosophical concept of love rather than authoritarian power are offered. It is concluded that the highly competitive nature of our society is one of the major factors that has contributed to violence in the public schools. The point is also made that the poor mental health of some teachers is a significant factor that has contributed to violence in the classroom. Specific recommendations are made for changing the attitudes and self concepts of administrators and teachers, and suggestions are made for helping to reduce student frustration and thus reduce incidents of violence within the classroom. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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