ERIC Number: ED357445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching the Goals: Goal 6--Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free Schools.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Programs for the Improvement of Practice.
Making every school in America free of drugs and violence and fostering a disciplined environment conducive to learning by the year 2000 is the aim of the U.S. Department of Education's sixth National Education Goal. Research shows that drugs, violence, and discipline are related problems and are influenced by factors within schools, in the community, and in the relationship between the two. Controlling misbehavior is important to furthering effective teaching and learning. Also, alcohol and drug abuse seriously impedes students' personal growth and learning. Often related to misbehavior and drug problems is violence. Strong academic goals, clear discipline standards that are fair and consistent, and good staff-student relationships can improve school climate and help create an environment conducive to learning. Combating drug use must take into account the multiple risk factors many youth face, including individual psychological and interpersonal, family, and environmental factors. All groups inside the school and the community must be involved in ongoing efforts to provide information, develop resistance skills, and change community policies and norms. The problem of violence and weapons in schools also requires a comprehensive approach using prevention curricula and conflict resolution. Contains references to federal sources of publications and a list of 16 suggested readings. (JPT)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Programs for the Improvement of Practice.