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School Violence: Fear Versus Facts

reviewed by Billie Gastic - November 15, 2006

coverTitle: School Violence: Fear Versus Facts
Author(s): Dewey G. Cornell
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 080585424X , Pages: 264, Year: 2006
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Despite its title, Dewey G. Cornell’s latest book is really a book about one specific kind of school violence: school shootings. (Bullying is discussed, but the primary focus is school shooters’ experiences with it.) Although among the rarest forms of school violence, school shootings are the subject of great media and public attention. Over the years, fear about the possibility that such extreme violence could happen again–at any time and in any school–has prompted school leaders to adopt policies and practices that are “tough on crime” and aimed at making schools safer. Cornell argues that much of the decision-making about how to make schools safer is driven by fear, not facts. He is critical of the reliability and validity of much of the data currently available about school violence. On one hand, much of this data is misinterpreted; on the other, Cornell contends, the data are outdated, based on false reports... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 15, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12841, Date Accessed: 9/20/2020 1:54:45 AM

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  • Billie Gastic
    Temple University
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    BILLIE GASTIC, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education at Temple University. Her scholarship and research focus on the effectiveness and effects of educational policies and programs related to student safety and school violence. She is currently studying states’ implementation of NCLB’s Unsafe School Choice Option and its effect on student safety and achievement. Dr. Gastic is the Program Chair of the School Community, Climate and Culture SIG of the American Educational Research Association and Chair of the Educational Problems Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
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