Public Secondary School Violence
National Center for Education Statistics submitted a report comprising a surprising statistics regarding the violence in public secondary schools. Appropriate steps taken since have proved to reduce the number of cases related to school violence.
National Center for Education Statistics submitted a report stating that it was the time to properly take into consideration the growing incidences of school violence. Failing to take appropriate steps on time will seriously affect the education system that is prevailing in the US.
The proper evaluation of all the aspects available was made before submitting the report. The gathering of initial data was done after surveying 2000 secondary schools across various states of the US. The accumulation of the data was done in regard of (SSOCS) Crime & Safety Survey of Secondary Schools.
National Center for Education Statistics also highlighted the relationship between and the school characteristics and school violence in the document submitted by them. Administrative practices in the schools, demographic characteristics of the schools and the general school disarray were the things that were focused on while surveying all the public schools in the list.
The following aspects were examined while working on the demographic characteristics. The numbers of admissions in secondary public schools, location (urban fringe, town etc.) and the neighborhood crime were examined. The report made in the administrative processes verified the student-to-teacher ratio in each class. The report also verified how often the students changed their classrooms in between periods. Moreover, the verification of the presence of law enforcement personnel in the school was also done. As for the general school disarray was concerned, the reports accounted for those who were considered for school wide disruption, serious discipline breach, unexcused absences, transfers etc.
The report disclosed that the percentage of violence in public secondary schools is considerably higher than those compared to elementary schools or middle schools. The survey reports reveals that nearly 92% of the public secondary schools are estimated to report one or more cases of assault bullying and gang violence. Another suggestion given by the report stated that the quantity of serious discipline breaching incidences and school wide disruptions were also responsible for the promotion in cases of harassment, fighting and assaulting.
The report also stated that the administrative practices were the major culprits behind the increment of incidences of school violence in public secondary schools. Most of the children were not satisfied with their school atmosphere because of their suffering from mental and psychological distress. Some children were also a victim of seclusion and biasness in the class.
According to the report, one of the prime factors is the percentage of males in the population of students. When the public secondary schools are concerned, the incident of severe violence is directly proportional to the percentage of male student population.
Apart from this, it was also observed that the students involved in discipline breaching cases were also lagging behind is some form of extra curricular activities and class tests organized by school.
Briefly we can say that the root causes behind the growing number of school violence incidences in public schools were revealed by the report issued by National Center for Education Statistics. To prevent the number of cases regarding to school violence, it must be seen that adequate measures are taken so as to make school a safe place to learn and develop.