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School Safety WebQuest

Introduction · Question · Background Info · Individual Roles
Teenagers · Sociologists · Educators
Parents · Counselors · Politicians
Group Process · Real Feedback · Rubric · Conclusion · Teacher's Guide

Educators & School Staff

How would Educators and School Staff feel about violence at schools? Your job is to understand this perspective, to become an expert at what all different kinds of people would think and feel about schools and violence.

You may choose to make up your own questions or use those provided.

  1. How would you feel being an educator in schools today? How dangerous do you think schools really are? What are some examples of how school cultures that may promote violence?
  2. What are common aspects among the plans to reduce school violence? How effective are security systems and metal detectors?
  3. Who is responsible for the violence and who are the victims? Consider those who might wear trenchcoats as well as those in charge of the schools.
  4. What do you believe is the real purpose of schooling? According to students who are unhappy with the way schools are, what are some of the main problems?

Your answers to these questions should help you take a position on the main question(s) listed below. Remember, your answers should reflect what educators & school staff members would think and feel:

Why all this violence in schools?!!

In other words...

  • Why does it happen?
  • Who is responsible?
  • How can we stop it?
  • How does all this relate to the world outside the school gates?
Use the links below to find answers. If you think you need more site to review, use the extensive Topic Hotlist and broaden your search.
Improving School Violence Prevention Programs Through Meaningful Evaluation
Daniel J. Flannery - Kent State University and University Hospitals of Cleveland

Exposure to Violence and Victimization at School - a systems approach
Daniel J. Flannery & Mark I. Singer

Cooperation, Conflict Resolution, and School Violence: A Systems Approach
Peter T. Coleman and Morton Deutsche

Stopping School Violence
National Crime Prevention Council

Early Warning, Timely Response
A detailed & highly endorsed report from the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice

Survey: Serious violence at 10 percent of schools
from CNN

How to Teach Children About Living in a World with Violence
from Scholastic

Preventing Conflicts & Violence
from Good Character

Terror Touches Schools
an index of links from Education Week

Dissecting Columbine's Cult of the Athlete
from the Washington Post

Nobody Left to Hate
Aronson's Jigsaw / Columbine

School Security & Crisis Preparedness Training
from the National School Safety and Security Services

Candidates for the teacher of the year award speak out on school violence.
from NewsHour - April 22, 1999 (RealAudio available)

Screener says detectors do not spot small knives
from the Philadelphia Inquirer

School Security Equipment and Technology
from the National School Safety and Security Services

Districts should proceed cautiously on metal detectors (05/22/00)
from the New York state School Board News

How New York got safer schools
from CNN Interactive

Scared or Prepared? Reducing Risks with School Security Assessments
by Kenneth Trump, The High School Magazine, Vol. 6 No. 7, May/June 1999

Hot Topics - School Safety and Violence
from Education Week

The Condition of Education 2001
from the National Center for Education Statistics

Quality of the Environment for Learning
from The Condition of Education 2001

Participation and Persistence in Education
from The Condition of Education 2001

FAQ on Topics related to Elementary and Secondary Education
from the National Center for Education Statistics

Ending Compulsory Education
by Anarchy Youth

High School Underground
inspires kids on the fringe in high schools

How to Reboot America
Suggestions by an Anarchist to avoid future Columbine massacres

Thoughts on Education & Real Books
by John Taylor Gatto


Launched April 2002. Revised February, 2005.
By Tom March, tom at ozline dot com
Applications Design Team/Wired Learning