Violence in Public Schools

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Folake Sofowora EDRS 641 Intro to Ed Research Topic: Violence in Public Schools Introduction The recent violence on school grounds (including elementary, middle school and high school violence) has created a climate of fear in American public schools, and the literature presented in this review relates to that fear and to the difficulty schools face in determining what students might be capable of mass killings on campus. Television coverage of school shootings leave the impression that there is more violence on school campuses than there really is, but the threat is real, students are being killed, and the background into how and why these murders take place is a main point of this paper. Moreover, the acts of…show more content…
School Violence from Teachers’ Perceptions Why do some teachers leave schools that are located in urban settings? Because they believed there is an important “research gap” in data about why urban teachers leave their positions in inner city schools, Deborah Smith and Brian Smith researched that issue by interviewing twelve former urban educators (Smith, et al, 2006, 34). As background the authors point out that “…because of inferior working conditions” in low income neighborhoods the average public school teacher leaves after three to five years (Smith, 35). In fact, during any five-year period in an inner city school “…approximately one-half of the urban teaching force leaves the profession” (Smith, 34). It comes as no surprise that among the reasons inner city teachers abandon their schools (or their profession entirely) violence is at the top of the list. But that having been said, the sum and substance vis-à-vis perceptions of violence is that some new urban teachers “…misinterpret students’ actions as deviant” and as a result those teachers “treat [minority students] punitively” and tend to lower “expectations” as to how capable minority students are (Smith, 35). As to why the dozen teachers interviewed had left the inner city schools, “…ten of the twelve respondents” reported it was the “stress” that builds
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