Tag Archives: violence and education

The biological importance of play

“…play is a tremendously powerful force throughout nature. In the end, it is largely responsible for our existence as sentient, intelligent creatures.” ~ Stuart Brown (p.24) Explaining the importance of play, Stuart Brown describes play as “a force that has been … Continue reading

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Societal violence and the treatment of children

I’m still taking notes from Peter Gray’s Free to Learn: “…recently, research involving many types of societies has shown systematic relationships between a society’s structure and its treatment of children. In one study, Carol and Melvin Ember analyzed massive amounts … Continue reading

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violence and the group experience

In her research into violent fantasy play in her classroom, Jane Katch initially expressed concern that the children were unsettled by such play and that it inhibited their engagement in lessons. This is not what her findings suggests, though; one … Continue reading

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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Violence in the society begins at home

One of those statements that catches your eye: “Violence in the society begins at home; you can’t eliminate crime in the streets unless you attack domestic aggression, since children who have been abused often become violent adults.” ~ Isabel Allende … Continue reading

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Call for Papers – American Journal of Education

“Special Issue on Gun Violence and Education Death from firearms takes over 10,000 lives a year in the United States—an order of magnitude beyond any other industrialized nation—and over the years, schools and universities have been the sites of horrific … Continue reading

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(seriously) excessive TV viewing in childhood is associated with increased antisocial behavior in early adulthood

I haven’t had a chance to read this through, but the abstract alone is pretty eye-catching… (and its a New Zealand study!) In a study published this year, Lindsay A. Robertson, Helena M. McAnally and Robert J. Hancox write: “abstract … Continue reading

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Maori social health – some discussion

In their discussion of violence in New Zealand, James and Jane Ritchie devoted some discussion to the way in which Maori social health deteriorated after, and as a result of, colonisation by the British Crown. Having described the urbanisation of … Continue reading

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Education … for democracy and non-violence…

I loved this essay – it should be a must-read for all educational leaders, and perhaps especially for those in English departments as we come up to 2014 and the anniversary of WWI, which will no doubt spark renewed interest … Continue reading

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Fully conscious and responsible…

“It is a myth of popular psychology that our actions are initiated by ourselves, that we are fully conscious of and responsible for all that we do and intend. The truth of the matter is that most of our behaviour … Continue reading

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