Day 4 of the Inquirer’s series includes a survey of teachers and their attitudes toward the level of school violence in Philly. It seems as though the teachers–at least those who responded to a 27-question survey–were divided about a variety of items.
The survey included the following questions and results:
In each of the following areas, do you think your school is doing an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job? Keeping order and discipline in the hallways.
Only fair 29 percent
Poor 28 percent
Good 26 percent
Excellent 17 percent
Don’t know 1 percent
Violence and other disruptive behaviors have been getting worse in my school over the past three years.
Strongly agree 31 percent
Somewhat agree 24 percent
Strongly disagree 18 percent
Somewhat disagree 10 percent
Don’t know 9 percent
Violence and disruption hinder my ability to do my job.
Somewhat agree 28 percent
Strongly agree 27 percent
Strongly disagree 23 percent
Somewhat disagree 13 percent
Neither agree or disagree 8 percent
It would seem that a slight majority of the teachers see school violence as a problem. It would seem if the situation were as out of control as the Inky series seems to indicate, the respondents would be a far larger majority.
The survey included 750 out of 13,000 teachers through the Philadelphia School District, or roughly 6 percent of the total number of teachers.
As part of full disclosure, it should be noted that the survey was done by a professor at Temple University, where I teach. I do not know him. See the full results at http://bit.ly/e8Xs9x