Addressing Growing Violence in Schools

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Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Mar 11, 2023

This week on Where Parents Talk radio on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Paul W. Bennett, educator, researcher, policy analyst, author, Director and Lead Researcher at Schoolhouse Institute, adjunct professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University and father about addressing growing violence in schools.

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Policy Analyst
Director and Lead Researcher, Schoolhouse Institute
Adjunct Professor of Education, St. Mary’s University

“We should have seen it coming. In 2019 and 20, it was a major national issue. There were teacher union leaders speaking about this. It was actually about kids with complex needs, and how difficult they were to manage, and how educational workers and teachers were living in fear. And many were having to wear, protective vests, and various other equipment, and that parents were speaking out about, they were frightened for their kids in the class.

Low-level disruptions are the kryptonite of a teacher’s existence. It slowly sets in and before long, you don’t have control of your own class. And you’re kind of trying to keep up with them. The tables are shifting. So it begins with low level disruptions. But what you’re describing is we need to have a full and I would say, open discussion about positive behaviour supports as a model for the behavioural codes across Canada.”

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