ERIC Number: ED377256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Gaining Control of Violence in the Schools: A View from the Field. ERIC Digest No. 100.
This ERIC digest presents a summary of discussions from urban educators who addressed the issue of school violence at a National Education Association meeting held May 19, 1994. These educators note that American society is steeped in violence, particularly in urban areas, where children experience frustration, helplessness, and anger, and where they more often express that anger in violent ways. Schools in urban areas tend to be large, overburdened, and impoverished, which creates a disconnection between the teacher and student. There is increasing isolation between teachers and their peers, administrators, and the surrounding community. Security forces and metal detectors are making schools small fortresses, creating a feeling of false security, and Federal antiviolence funding is generally too restrictive or duplicative. Ideas for solving this problem include more appropriate in-service and long-term, preprofessional training not only for teachers but for virtually all school employees. Prevention programs must foster mutual respect among students and school staff. There must also be an expanded role for guidance counselors, greater involvement of parents, and an increased awareness of the posttraumatic effects on children who witness violence. Finally, planning for safe schools must involve school staff, parents, and representatives from community groups and agencies. (GLR)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Conferences, Crime Prevention, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Prevention, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Safety, School Security, Secondary Education, Student Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Urban Schools, Violence
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.; National Education Association, Washington, DC. Center for the Revitalization of Urban Education.