Crime concerns prevail in many schools: new survey

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Unruly students and violence in public schools are more of a worry for teachers and youth across the country than are demands for rigorous academic standards and achievement, says a new study by an organization called Public Agenda. Nearly half of teachers surveyed by the group said they spend most of their time trying to keep order in the classroom, reported the Washington Times.

In Public Agenda’s “Reality Check” survey of 3,207 students from 1998 to 2002, 40 percent of students said “serious fights in school occur once a month or more.” A majority [62 percent] also say their school has too many students abusing alcohol or drugs.

The report blames ineffective teachers and parental neglect for “the rough-edged, uncivil atmosphere in many high schools [where] few see high schools as places of respect or civility.”


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