ERIC Number: ED431863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Who's Minding the Children: Juvenile Violence in the United States & What School Leaders Can Do about It.
Lawrence, Donnie A.
This paper presents a theoretical and historical treatment of juvenile violence in the United States, examines some current data on juvenile violence in and out of schools, and discusses the implications for educational leadership policy decisions. Sociological and social-psychological theories have tried to explain the intensifying violent behaviors exhibited by youth in America. Although theorists advance various explanations for youth violence, it is generally recognized that community-wide approaches of collaboration and partnerships will be necessary to check the rapid rise of youth violence across the United States. A total community approach would stress prevention and intervention with followups. Some interesting initiatives around the country might provide exemplary programming for communities. Several examples are described, focusing on activities in Texas, New Mexico, and New York. When programs of this sort are established throughout the United States, the answer to "Who's minding the children?" will be "We all are." An appendix lists 53 model programs with contact information. (Contains 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).