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NCJ Number: 65164 Find in a Library
Title: EDUCATING THE UNEDUCABLE - THE LITTLE 'OLE' RED SCHOOLHOUSE WITH BARS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
Journal: JOURNAL OF OFFENDER COUNSELING, SERVICES AND REHABILITATION  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(WINTER 1979)  Pages:95-108
Author(s): T E BRATTER
Corporate Author: Haworth Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A GROUP DYNAMICS CONSULTANT WHO HEADED A TEAM EFFORT IN AN INTENSIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR 24 VIOLENT AND 'UNEDUCABLE' JUVENILE OFFENDERS DISCUSSES SCHOOL CRIME, EDUCATORS' REACTIONS, AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION.
Abstract: MORE THAN $600,000 IS SPENT ANNUALLY TO REPAIR SCHOOL DAMAGE DUE TO VANDALISM. EDUCATORS HAVE RESPONDED TO THE INCREASING VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS BY AMASSING AN ARSENAL OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION AND THOUGHT CONTROL WEAPONS, ADVOCATING A RETURN TO THE OPPRESSIVE ATMOSPHERE OF THE 1800'S, AND LABELING AND MEDICATING STUDENTS. TOMORROW'S CONTROL TECHNOLOGY MAY INCLUDE TWO-WAY WRIST RADIOS, A VIDEOTAPE MONITORING SYSTEM, TELEMETRY, AND ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY. TO AVOID THIS TERRIFYING SITUATION, EDUCATIONAL REFORMS MUST AIM AT ENLARGING THE OVERALL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT TO INCLUDE THE NURTURING OF STUDENT'S INNATE ENDOWMENTS AND TALENTS. THE AUTHOR'S EXPERIENCE WITH THE 24 DELINQUENTS, ORDERED BY THE COURT TO REMAIN IN SCHOOL AND THRIVE OR BE INCARCERATED, DEMONSTRATES THESE STUDENTS' NEED TO HAVE A SAY IN THEIR OWN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE, FEEL THAT THEY ARE TRULY CARED FOR, BE CONFRONTED WITH THE ACTUAL RESULTS OF THEIR DEVIANT ACTIONS, AND BE GIVEN GREAT AMOUNTS OF TOLERANCE FOR, AS WELL AS SPECIFIC LIMITATIONS TO, THEIR BEHAVIOR AND A SENSE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. THE TEAM, TWO TEACHERS, A PROBATION OFFICER, COMMUNITY WORKERS, AND THE AUTHOR, INITIALLY GAINED RESPECT BY STOICALLY ENDURING ABUSE FROM THE CHILDREN, REFUSING TO LET THE BEHAVIOR INTERFERE WITH THEIR PROGRAM, AND THEN CHALLENGING THE CHILDREN TO A CONTEST OF SKILLS AT WHICH THE CHILDREN DOMINATED, IN THIS CASE BASKETBALL. CLEAR AND STRICT RULES OF BEHAVIOR, INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING PROGRAMS, AND INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION WERE KEYS TO THE SUCCESSFUL PROJECT. REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Crime Control Programs; Crime costs; Crime in schools; Equal opportunity education; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Public schools; School security; School vandalism; Schools; Students
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