RE: a culture of violence?

Robert McIntosh (
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 10:24:14 -0700

Your poignant story about a little girl learning that there is another
view of reality other than the one her parents had given her says
something to me about the power that teachers possess to affect and
change the lives of students. Especially teachers of young children.
We sometimes forget that children soak up everything they see us doing
and, although they may not respond outwardly, we do have an enormous
impact on their beliefs about the appropriate way to treat others.
Thanks for that story. Bob <>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marty Henry []
> Sent: Friday, April 03, 1998 1:51 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: a culture of violence?
> In reading your thoughtful post, I was reminded of my experience
> in
> working as a consultant in an early childhood magnet school in an
> urban area.
> The teacher had been working with first grade students (60%
> black, 40%
> other) on resolving conflicts using the Peace Table. They were
> allowed
> to request (and receive) time at the Peace Table if they were
> having a
> dispute with another student or adult. (This was following months
> of
> modeling and training on working through disputes.) The students
> were
> at the point where they were even asking to leave the playground
> and
> go to the Peace Table if a dispute arose.
> One day a young girl came to the teacher and told her that she
> really
> wished they had a Peace Table at her house. Now this said
> something to
> me about the extent of the problem. Here was a very young student
> effectively using strategies of conflict resolution only to
> realize
> they are missing in her culture outside of the school.
> Our job is huge...but we must start.
> Marty Henry
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> Subject: a culture of violence?
> Author: <> at Internet-Mail
> Date: 4/3/98 1:00 PM
> This EDEQUITY discussion on violence, sexual harassment, etc has got
> me
> thinking..
> There is a real issue out there...violence is real and it's a
> manifestation of
> a number of things. It was always assumed "boys are violent" but now
> federal
> stats show a rise in violence among females...and females are
> reporting that
> they are sexually harassing others as well..... The murders of the
> female
> student and teacher in Arkansas is chilling; as are the violent deaths
> of young
> men, particularly young men of color. How do we focus on addressing
> violence
> across the board, and how do we sort out our growing fear of violence
> from
> actual violence, especially in light of stats that show a reduction in
> violent
> crime among our youth.
> Given this, Id' like us to think about the broader context of
> violence,
> education and what we can do about it. I'ld like help in thinking
> this through.
> *How do we create a culture shift--one that supports peaceful and
> supportive
> relationships among all people, that moves males and females away
> from this
> oppositional stance?
> *What changes in the culture will help stop young men from hurting
> themselves or one another?
> *How do we share the programs, approaches, materials that work to
> shift the
> dynamics of violence, that support gender equity and all equity,
> that
> increase engagement in the classroom.
> I believe that positive adult expectations and genuine engagement in
> the
> classroom, with curriculum that speaks to the students goes a long way
> to
> shifting the dynamics of violence and disengagement. Whether it's the
> sexual
> harassment programs such as those developed by Nan Stein at Wellesley
> or Susan
> Strauss in Minnesota, the GESA model, the materials Craig Flood and
> others have
> listed here, the new constructivist curriculum, the WEEA
> do we
> use these as building are people using these and others?
> With what
> results? And what do we as a national center, what do we as
> participants on
> EDEQUITY, what do we as individuals in our schools, communities,
> families do to
> change the culture's belief that violence in all its forms is an
> answer.
> Perhaps we can use this forum to strategize about this.
> Katherine Hanson, WEEA Equity Resource Center, > 


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