Schools, Violence, and Society

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This book is designed to examine issues related to schools, violence, and society. Since the 1960s, crime and violence have been increasing in America's schools. This violence is not limited to inner-city schools, but has struck virtually every strata and socio-economic level of American culture and society. The prevalence of crime and violence occurring in our nation's schools has become the concern of policy makers on the national and state levels. Concern has spread to parents, educators, and students themselves. This edited volume reviews violence in society, school violence, and crime. Coverage includes past trends in school violence and describes the current extent of the problem, as well as aspects of its causes and prevention. The influence on the students and community of gang activity, gang-related issues, drugs, alcohol, and weapons on campus is discussed.
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Editorial Reviews

The scope and causes of school violence, school security and related legal issues, general approaches to reducing it, specific programs implemented in various cities and states, and an approached based on community safety zones are the main themes addressed in the 20 essays. Among specific topics are gangs, the influence of child abuse and family violence, helping kids cope with violence, and school-to-community intervention techniques used in Virginia. Distributed in the US by Greenwood. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275955069
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/23/1996
  • Pages: 372
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

ALLAN M. HOFFMAN is Dean, and Professor, College of Health Sciences, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa. He is also the Director at the Center for the Prevention of Community Violence.

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Table of Contents

1 Violence in the Classroom: A Teacher's Perspective 3
2 Weapon-Carrying in Schools 21
3 The Anatomy of Gangs 33
4 Gangs and School Safety 45
5 Media and Television Violence: Effects on Violence, Aggression, and Antisocial Behaviors in Children 61
6 The Influence of Child Abuse and Family Violence on Violence in the Schools 79
7 Critical Decisions, Critical Elements in an Effective School Security Program 101
8 Legal and Policy Issues of School Violence 123
9 Safe Schools for All 135
10 Communities, Schools, and Violence 153
11 From Fight or Flight to Collaboration: A Framework for Understanding Individual and Institutional Development in the School 163
12 Learning to Care and to Be Cared For 185
13 Victims of Violence: Helping Kids Cope 199
14 NEA's Perspective and Policies on Violence in Schools 225
15 Waging Peace in Our Schools: The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program 241
16 Strategies to Reduce School Violence: The New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution 253
17 The New York City Board of Education and Violence Prevention 265
18 The Virginia Model: School to Community Intervention Techniques to Prevent Violence 275
19 Violence in Schools: The Texas Initiative 297
20 Community Safety Zones: A Plan to Curb Urban Violence 321
Selected Bibliography 333
Name Index 339
Subject Index 343
About the Contributors 351
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