ERIC Number: EJ781482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
What's Writing Got to Do with Campus Terrorism?
Anson, Chris M.
Academe, v93 n6 p44-47 Nov-Dec 2007
In this article, the author presents a debate discussing whether writing has nothing or everything to do with campus terrorism. Writing gives teachers a powerful tool to identify malfeasants and lunatics. Members of these groups have a need to disclose, to share their twisted thoughts as if to persuade people of their rationality. On the other hand, the idea behind the writing may not offer clues to a person's real thoughts and beliefs as they are just imagined by the author. It is proposed that creative writing should be used as a surveillance and warning system in schools. It is practiced already, but it is still haphazard and idiosyncratic. As such, a process and a set of clear procedures to identify troublemakers should be developed in schools.
Descriptors: Terrorism, Creative Writing, School Security, Writing (Composition), Educational Environment, Student Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, Identification, School Safety
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