Education: Blackboard Battlegrounds: A Question of Survival

SECURITY on our campuses is the No. 1 educational problem today —not curriculums or new approaches to teaching," says California Educator Eugene McAdoo. "You can't teach anything unless you have an atmosphere without violence."

Few urban educators would disagree. Armed robberies, assaults and purse snatchings occur with depressing regularity in many—though obviously not all—of the nation's city schools. Declares Los Angeles' Principal Sid Thompson: "For teachers and students alike, the issue unfortunately is no longer learning but survival." His own high school is known as "Fort Crenshaw" because of its steel mesh fence, armed guards and classroom doors that lock from the...

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