ERIC Number: ED453478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Accountability Issues in School Violence.
Al-Bataineh, Adel T.
This paper examines various reasons that would account for school violence and considers ways educators can help eliminate violence from schools. The negative impact of violence in the media and easy access to guns are mentioned as probable causes of violence in youth. Students who do not feel part of the school community often resort to violence to solve interpersonal conflicts. Schools do not help the situation when they are overcrowded, offer poor instruction, and do not structure opportunities for pro-social peer interactions. Schools have increasingly adapted a law enforcement model instead of an educational model to support violence reduction. Use of searches; metal detectors; sniff searches; boot camps; video monitoring; and extra police patrols around schools point to the punishment orientation that predominates the reactions of schools towards violence today. Several actions are identified that can help schools move to a proactive solution. Smaller class sizes; emphasis on character development rather than behavior management; teaching anger management and conflict resolution skills; and increasing contact between youth and appropriate role models are all recommendations that will help students rethink their perspective on violence. Ultimately violence control is a community problem that must be addressed through social reform measures. Working towards eradicating poverty; alleviating family stress; improving job opportunities; and curbing gun and drug access in neighbors all help families and youth combat the problems of violence. (JDM)
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