ERIC Number: ED428158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
School Violence in Context.
This booklet is intended to help parents and teacher activists think critically about the problem of violence in their schools and about how to respond. The booklet offers a framework for analyzing violence prevention programs that may already be in place in the schools, and it provides ideas for improving programs or starting new ones. The framework begins with the premise that much of what is being labeled as "violence prevention" in schools and communities is not nearly comprehensive enough, or deep-rooted enough, to make a difference in the lives of children at risk of violence. Many school districts have completed reactive programs, and programs that merely react to violence just don't work. A comprehensive community-based initiative that focuses on identification of and attention to the root causes of violence, such as the Violence Prevention Project organized by D. Prothrow-Stith in Boston (Massachusetts), is required. The assumptions of peer mediation, conflict resolution, risk awareness approaches, and the peaceable schools approach are examined, and suggestions are provided for developing meaningful violence prevention programs tailored to the needs of a particular school and community. Suggested resources and tools are outlined, and questions to aid the program assessment process are listed. A "Safer Schools Resource List" is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Coalition of Education Activists, Rosendale, NY.