ERIC Number: EJ725136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 38
Creating Safe Schools
Bucher, Katherine T.; Manning, M. Lee
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v79 n1 p55 Sep-Oct 2005
Violent and potentially violent incidents in schools in the United States continue to make the headlines, with school-related violent deaths in the United States in the first half of the 2003-04 school year exceeding the deaths for the entire 2002-03 academic year (Vail 2004). In this article, the authors look at the ultimate form of classroom management--the issue of safety in school--by examining the current status of school safety in secondary schools and identifying the most effective strategies to ensure that all students attend safe schools. While violent crimes continue to make the headlines, most public schools are physically safe places for educators and students (Kohn 2004; Merrow 2004). However, this does not mean that secondary educators can forget about the problems of providing safe schools. The authors believe that secondary educators must focus on low-level violence (often the predecessor to more violent behaviors), become more process-based, take positive preventative actions through continuing programs, and develop a school climate that is culturally sensitive and supportive for all students.
Descriptors: Violence, School Safety, Classroom Techniques, Student Behavior, Secondary Schools, Educational Environment, Secondary School Students, Teacher Role, Secondary School Teachers, Antisocial Behavior
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States