The root cause of violent behavior in public secondary schools

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a report emphasizing on the need to address the increasing incidents of school violence.  It reveals that unless appropriate steps are made, the issue will pose as a grave problem on the recent system of education in the United States.

The report is based on evaluations that cover every available aspect.  With regards to SSOCS (Crime & Safety Survey of Secondary Schools, the initial data gathered were from 2000 secondary schools across all the states of the U.S.

Based on the submitted report, the National Center for Education Statistics revealed that there is a strong relationship between the school characteristics and school violence.  A survey from all the listed public secondary schools revealed that administrative practices in the school, the demographic characteristics of the schools and the general school disarray has a large influence on school violence.

Demographic characteristics of a school include the number of enrollments, location (town, country, urban fringe, etc), and the crime rate in the neighborhood.  Another area that was examined was the administrative practice, the student to teacher ratio in every class, and whether the students are required to transfer to other classrooms in between periods and how often does this take place.  They also verified if law enforcement personnel are present in the school premises.  General school disarray covers the areas of school wide disruptions, serious discipline breach, number of unexcused absences, student transfers, etc.

The report reveals that school violence in public secondary schools is significantly higher when compared to elementary schools and middle schools.  The survey conducted also reports that an estimated 92% of public secondary schools file a report of cases which include gang violence, bullying and assault.  A large number of cases which involve fighting, assaulting and harassment are proportional to the overall quantity of school wide disruptions along with serious discipline breaches.

Also based from the report, administrative practices is being identified as one of the major causes why school violence in increasing in public secondary schools.  Students are often fall prey to seclusion and biasness in class, making the children dissatisfied with the school atmosphere.  These students are the ones suffering from psychological distress and mental problems.

Another prime factor that affects school violence is the ratio of males-to-females in the school population.  As the report reveals, the higher the male student population there is in secondary schools, cases of severe violence are also high.

It also covers the fact that students who are often involved in any form of violence in school and often under disciplinary action are behind when it comes to academic performance.  Also, they seldom participate in extra curricular activities that the school organizes.

The report released by the National Center for Education Statistics clearly identified the culprits responsible for the continuous increase of school violence that happens in public secondary schools.  In the future, if we want to see better results it is imperative that steps be taken to positively enhance the education system in public secondary schools.