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I feel compelled to help fix the violence in schools but I have no idea how... :(
Old 03-06-2018, 05:54 AM
 
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Hey all. I honestly feel a bit shaken by the violence in schools nowadays, not just the shootings, but there generally seems to be a lot of major issues in city schools. I used to welcome quiet kids, now I fear some of them, not in a nervous way, but in a suspicious way. I think, as a community, we need to do something because I shouldn't be afraid to go to class anytime I hear someone has been picked on earlier in the week. I've been listening to lots of opinions and they all seem split, which I don't get.

But I don't see us rallying to do anything like that nowadays). But it seems like all my co-workers kinda just shrug everything off as "that's the way it goes" and I feel like that's wrong. Already the talk has died down about school violence, merely a week after an atrocious shooting, and anytime I do see something, it one extreme reaction or another. Now the conversation is all about guns, not about schools, and I feel hopeless to help whatever problems might exist in my community because no one seems to care beyond a mere shrug.

It feels like I have no control or contributions to make and it seems no one really wants to fix anything, and it makes me question why I'm a teacher in a society that doesn't learn. I just wanted to see if this is a common response everywhere or just in my circle... Anyone care to share their perspective?


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Old 03-06-2018, 09:19 AM
 
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Dig deep in your community school. There's campaigns out there like the cool to be kind movement or pink days. Don't reinvent the wheel. Support the staff that's in your school now or collaborate with teachers that's already in your district. Sometimes it feels like they're not there but trust me, it's there already.
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Wearing a shirt will never change the fact that students who need counseling are not receiving it and guns are easy for them to get.

There will never be a "complete" fix to this issue but we can reduce the damage and number of incidents.

1. Write all of your state and federal elected officials. Tell them your views on violence in schools.
2. Run for elected office and help make a change.
3. Engage with the quiet students, refer them and demand that they receive help if needed.
4. Refuse to vote for anyone who takes money from the NRA. This is a gun issue not a second amendment issue. Tactical weapons are made for mass shootings. These should not be sold with just a quick back ground check.
5. VOTE! Get the people out of office that think that porn is more dangerous then gun violence.
6. Fight for adequate funding for schools, give the students counselors whose only job is to help our fragile students.
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:39 PM
 
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given by the SDE (society for Developmental Education) the speaker told us that schools were mirrors of the community and that without addressing the problems in the community the schools would never be their best.
In my experience this is true. If there is violence, poverty and drugs in the neighborhood it is hard or impossible for the children to reach their potential in school. Yes, some do but others that could have are not able to.
I read a research report on the effect of violence in the neighborhood on children, even as young as infants. They react to the body language of the parents and others as they are held while the adults suffer from fear and anxiety.
We will have to take a long hard look at real solutions to the poverty and violence in out towns and cities before we can expect to see positive results.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:10 AM
 
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The quiet ones are the ones who need us to not be afraid of them because they are already fear of them-self. We are their pillars of strength, reason, and a voice to guide them through their own internal struggles.

Yes, a small percentage of our students are emotionally disturbed, but they are human to and do not understand that what happens in their head does not match everyone else’s reality. Yes, some are depressed but that does not invalidate the fact that they still desire human connection. They look to us for how they should respond. If they see your strong and unyielding love, compassion, and kindness they will also strive for that strength.


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Old 03-08-2018, 10:12 PM
 
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given by the SDE (society for Developmental Education) the speaker told us that schools were mirrors of the community and that without addressing the problems in the community the schools would never be their best.
In my experience this is true. If there is violence, poverty and drugs in the neighborhood it is hard or impossible for the children to reach their potential in school. Yes, some do but others that could have are not able to.
I read a research report on the effect of violence in the neighborhood on children, even as young as infants. They react to the body language of the parents and others as they are held while the adults suffer from fear and anxiety.
We will have to take a long hard look at real solutions to the poverty and violence in out towns and cities before we can expect to see positive results.
This is so true, my last contracted teaching job was in a nearly-urban school district that had a lot of poverty, crime, and other problems. The community has never recovered from the loss of steel mill jobs in the 1970's. Children in this community see how their parents react (yelling, screaming, violence, and stealing) and act accordingly.
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