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ERIC Number: EJ908416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Suppression of the Aggressive Impulse: Conceptual Difficulties in Anti-Violence Programs
Goodman, Joan F.; Kitzmiller, Erika
Ethics and Education, v5 n2 p117-134 Jul 2010
School anti-violence programs are united in their radical condemnation of aggression, generally equated with violence. The programs advocate its elimination by priming children's emotional and cognitive controls. What goes unrecognized is the embeddedness of aggression in human beings, as well as its positive psychological and moral functions. In attempting to eradicate aggression, schools increase the risk of student disaffection while stifling the goods associated with it: status, power, dominance, agency, mastery, pride, social-affiliation, social-approval, loyalty, self-respect, and self-confidence. It is argued that the distribution of power and authority to students as plausible substitutes for aggression, would enable them to express aggression in a legitimate manner and simultaneously encourage their attachment to school. A vibrant anti-violence program that attracts children will find a way for caring, amiability, sympathy, and kindness to live in tandem with competition, power, assertiveness, and anger tamed by institutional constraints. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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