Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools: An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments

On April 24, 2013, the members of the Writing Collaborative presented their ideas to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and his senior staff, and to senior staff of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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The VIVA NEA Idea Exchange invited all members of the National Education Association in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia to share their ideas about creating a positive learning environment and safety in classrooms and school buildings. This VIVA Idea Exchange occurred during a pivotal time in the United States, just two months after the horrific shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. took the lives of 26 people and touched off a national debate on school violence and safety.

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  1. Clifford Wagner says:

    The debate continues over issues that are brought to school by students who are taught violence, disrespect and bullying at home.
    It is a societal problem that we have let fester for years. We need smaller class sizes. more teachers who are properly trained, new teachers should assist for a year before they are hired full-time. Student teaching is not enough to prepare a young teacher for a classroom. Assisting an experienced teacher while not having to worry about a grade can be an immense help in the classroom experience. This all costs money but it is less expensive than having an uneducated individual dropping out of school. Many of these individuals seek menial jobs or become a drain on society . Invest in the future by hiring more teachers in the primary grades and give help and understanding to those who are in need of help.

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