School Violence Research Paper by The Research Group

School Violence
A discussion of the growing violence in public schools since 1955.
# 24330 | 3,600 words | 43 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in Education (Social Issues)

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Discusses growing violence in public schools since 1955. Issue of public policy concern. Gang activity and valdalism of 1950s. Different structure of school violence in 1990s. School-related violence from outside the schools. Cites violent incidents in schools throughout U.S. where guns were used. Social theories. Programs to combat school violence.

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A major line of dramatic action in the 1955 motion picture Blackboard Jungle, based on Evan Hunter's novel, involves an idealistic high-school teacher's quest to make administrators, including his own school's principal, acknowledge that the tough urban school has a problem with juvenile discipline. Vandalism, gang activity, racially motivated fighting, assaults on students and teachers--all of these are features of the film, and all reflect what in the 1950s was termed juvenile delinquency. Hunter (1955) asserted the novel to be a commentary on a major US social problem of the day and claimed that narrative was based on fact. So strong was the impact of the film on popular culture that Clare Booth Luce, wife of Time magazine publisher Henry Luce and Eisenhower's US ambassador to Italy in the..."

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