ERIC Number: ED433619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Youth Violence. The Progress of Education Reform 1999-2001.
The Progress of Education Reform 1999-2001, v1 n2 Jul-Aug 1999
This article examines three strategies that seem to hold particular promise in addressing the root causes of aggressive, violent behavior among young people. These strategies are improved health and counseling services for expectant and new mothers, particularly those at risk for child abuse or neglect; school reform that emphasizes the importance of smaller, more personalized learning environments for students, particularly in high school; and the use of service learning (linking classroom learning to community service) to promote the intellectual, psychological, and moral development of young people. It has been found that the earliest months of life are a time in which violent behavior can be cultivated. Fortunately, prenatal and infant-care programs can dramatically reduce cases of child abuse, welfare dependency, alcohol and drug abuse, and maternal and juvenile arrests. For older children, smaller schools have been shown to improve attendance rates, lower dropout rates, and lessen discipline problems. These schools bring students closer to adults, meaning that young people are less likely to fall through the cracks. Other strategies, such as service learning, can result in significant improvement in student achievement, especially when that learning is combined with an academically rigorous classroom education. (RJM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Early Intervention, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Prevention, Service Learning, Student Welfare, Violence, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: General Electric Foundation, Ossining, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: For the 1998 report, see EA 029 654.