Are teachers facing too much violence in schools?
Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: violence in schools
This week, an Ottawa teacher spoke out after being viciously attacked by a student in his school. He joins a growing number of teachers across the country who say they have experienced physical violence or harassment in the classroom.
More from this episode:
- To prevent classroom violence, educators need more information about students: veteran educational assistant
- 'Emotional wellness has been completely ignored': Education expert on preventing violence in schools
- 'The public truly has no idea': Educators share their stories of violence in the classroom
Hair pulling. Chair throwing. Scissors flying. Choking. Biting. Spitting. Bloody noses. Concussions.
It may sound like a particularly animated evening of prime-time professional wrestling.
But no, those are incidents and injuries reported by teachers. Not only student-on-student attacks, but teachers suffering violence at the hands of their students.
What do you think? Is teaching becoming a dangerous profession? Hard data is scarce, but one survey of Ontario Catholic school teachers this year found 60 per cent of teachers have experienced some type of violence.
Some school boards dispute suggestions violence is on the rise, others have begun to issue protective gear to teachers, jackets with light Kevlar inserts that also include leg and arm guards, even face shields. Is that the solution?
What more can be done to keep teachers and students safe? Should all teachers receive training on how to deescalate violence? Are students with special needs and behavioural issues getting enough support… or do schools need to hire more educational assistants, child and social workers, psychologists?
President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union
President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.
Teacher in the Greater Toronto Area
Professor in Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia
- 'I wasn't kept safe': Injured Ottawa teacher recounts violent attack
- 'This is a crisis right now': Survey finds more violence in Ontario schools
- Inside the Classroom: Schools not staffed to deal with behavioural issues, teachers say
- There's more violence in schools and the province needs to act: teachers' union
- Violence against elementary teachers in Ontario public schools on the rise, union says
- Durham teachers want more special needs support, say violence rising in elementary schools
- Catholic school board raises concerns with report on workplace violence and teachers
- Teachers should report violence: Yukon education minister
- Yukon Teachers' Association says classroom violence is top concern
What we're listening to
- Ontario Today | Violence in schools: Hit in the head, kicked, beaten
- The Current | Students assaulting teachers in class, a common occurrence in Canada
- The Current | 'Universally ignored': Educational assistants also face violence in classrooms
- The Morning Edition - Kitchener Waterloo | Violence against Catholic school teachers increasing
- Windsor Morning | Violence against teachers