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NCJ Number: 212459 Find in a Library
Title: Polish Education System and Issues of Violence
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:2005  Pages:119-130
Author(s): Mirek Wojciechowski
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 12
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the issue of bullying and power relations within the Polish educational system.
Abstract: The country of Poland has undergone extensive changes within its social processes, affecting all spheres of life, including the economic, political, and spiritual realms. The widespread change has ushered in increased brutality among school children in Poland as well as an increase in brutality toward students from teachers. The author charges that the Polish educational system perpetuates both symbolic and structural violence within its pedagogical system. Teachers often resort to the domination of students as a means of retaining their prestige and superiority, transmitting messages of power and control to their students. The author also examines how elements of pop culture have transformed students, ushering in a culture of “having” rather than “being.” A solution is offered to the violence found within schools and within the larger Polish society: the current culture of confrontation must be substituted for a culture of dialog that combines the assertiveness already found in Polish culture with empathy. Assertiveness training should focus on teaching children how to stand up for their own rights while respecting the rights of others. The author presents the general assumptions for a local anti-bullying project in the Town Council of Nowa Ruda that illustrates a move toward a culture of dialog in the country. References
Main Term(s): Bullying
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Poland; Social change-delinquency relationship; Social conditions
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