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NCJ Number: 76897 Find in a Library
Title: Combat in the Classroom
Author(s): J Cosgrove; R NiemackCosgrove J
Corporate Author: Dave Bell Associates, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: J Cosgrove
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: Dave Bell Associates, Inc
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film depicts current problems of violence and disruption in public school classrooms and shows what some schools are doing to combat the problem.
Abstract: Today, 41 million children attend public schools in the United States, but violence is a serious threat to education. Hundreds of thousands of students and teachers are assaulted each year; an estimated $600 million of damage due to vandalism is reported yearly. Perhaps the most destructive effect is the high level of fear felt by students and teachers alike. The film looks at the scope of the problem which occurs in all types of schools, city and suburban, black and white. The film also looks at the causes of the problem -- the serious failures of the educational system which prevent teachers from teaching and students from learning. Dr. William Glasser, an educational psychologist interviewed in the film, notes the high correlation between failure to learn and school violence. A high school student describes the feelings of rebellion, racial hostility, and frustration that motivated his violent behavior in school. In addition, the film looks at solutions to the problem. It documents schools which have prevented or reversed the trend of violence by using such measures as increased security personnel and improved security systems. However, the most important factor is the development of students' respect for the schools and its authorities, since a peaceful environment is crucial for learning. The film offers many positive examples some schools have used to curb violence: a straightforward disciplinary system which is constantly enforced; workshops where both students and teachers learn to avoid provocative situations; and a demonstration of how strong leadership from the principal can create a positive tone in the school. The film is designed for teachers, administrators, students, and concerned community members. A guide with discussion questions is supplied. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Crime in schools; Films; Problem behavior; School security; School vandalism; Schools; Violence; Violent crimes
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