Violence is a significant problem in schools today. Whether it deals with guns, knives, or just a little fight, school violence is more common than ever before. Schools have always been one of the safest places in a child’s life, but are we sure that this is true anymore? The threat of attacks in schools create fear and disorder in students and teachers. Every year, three million students in the United States fall victim to crimes at school and almost two million of these incidents involve violence.
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION OF THE STUDY INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY The study seeks to investigate the views pertaining to learners, teachers and parents on gender violence in schools. These views are vital in understanding and dealing with gender violence in schools. The United Nations regards violence in schools as one of the main social concerns and it should receive appropriate attention (United Nations, 2006). This is because such violent behaviours limits the basic benefits provided through education, and in some cases causes poor health or leads to a range of psychological traumas for the victims of gender violence (ibid). The World Report on Violence against Children has further identified the different forms of violence
Moreover, violence has a huge impact on the quality of teaching and learning. It is the negative impact, considering the fact that it is very rare to say that the school environment is the peaceful place one may find him or herself in. Learners go to school for the primary purpose of learning and at the end of the term they surely expect to progress to another level of education, but there are some hindrances towards achieving their goals. Singh (2006, p. 120) indicates that the impact of violence on the quality of teaching and learning have an impact academically, emotionally and in the career. Violence impacts the academic progress in this respect.
Although school suspensions can be useful whenever a student misbehaves, the punishment can sometimes not even affect the student behavior against other students, limit students from learning new material and passing their grade, and could possibly affect their career life. The reasons that suspension can affect these things is because whenever a student goes home
This caused the students’ to care less about school and made them fail the grade they were in. Although school boards feel like it’s safer for the student to stay home, they should have in school suspension so they do their schoolwork, but still get punished by not getting to go to class and see their friends. This means that they still learn new material and get punished for their actions at the same
Currently, Americans understand many high school students display signs of daunting results regarding the effects of school stresses. So, why have we not been able to capitalize on the social, physical, emotional/psychological, mental, behavioral, and technological negative impacts that hurt students rather than guide them to better academic success. With this said, we certainly will not see immediate results in the near future regarding high school students. So, how do we know they have been negatively impacted throughout high school? Not only are one in five students clinically depressed, but according to Robert Leahy, director of American Institute of Cognitive Therapy, “the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s.” Furthermore, our educational system compels its high school students to develop “life-skills, personal responsibility, and uniqueness.” This method of teaching and learning ultimately causes stress and eventually the exact opposite effects of what the system wants to come about.
Even teachers have spoken out about the lack of safety of their schools. There are cases where school officials are not doing their jobs. Bullying continues to be a problem in schools and so does violence. U.S. schools must improve the security and the safety of their students and staff. Drugs are still a problem in school.
According to Ladd et al., children who are regularly ill-treated by their peers experience negative psychological consequences, which can deter their involvement in the classroom and diminish their academic achievement (Espelage et al., 2013). Therefore, bullying and victimization threaten a safe learning environment for children. This compromises their school attendance, school involvement and consequently their academic achievement. Basch (2011) indicated that violence and aggressive behavior have a negative impact on academic achievement by adversely affecting cognition, school connectedness and
For example, it may ruin the feeling of safeness in the school environment for that student. It can even inhibit their ability to excel in academics. In an article written by Elisha Mcneil, it states: A growing body of evidence highlights the connection between adverse childhood experiences and academic problems. The effects of trauma can impair a child’s cognitive ability, while the stress of a dysfunctional or unstable home life can make children act out or shut down in the classroom. In a way, I think that a school not being trauma-informed almost creates an unsafe environment for the student.