Lately I have been thinking quite a bit about the differences in the school environment in Denmark vs. that in the US (Texas, to be more specific).
I have written many blogs about these differences, but there is one difference that has really been coming back to me again and again....
As a principal I cannot begin tell you how many fights I broke up and/or dealt with in five years....
Fights in the classroom
Fights in the cafeteria
Fights in the hallway between classes
Fights at pep rallies
Fights at football games
Fights in the parking lot at dismissal time
In fact, I received 2 fractured ribs courtesy of my breaking up a GIRL FIGHT one year... (Note to self: only break up BOY FIGHTS...girls are awful!)
Anyway, I have never seen a fight since I have been at Herning Gymnasium.
In fact, I have never seen tempers flare so that I might have feared that a fight was brewing.
WHY IS THAT?
The ONLY FACTORS that I can think of are:
1)our schools in the US (Specifically in Texas) tend to be more heterogeneous with relation to race; and 2) our schools in the US (specifically in Texas) tend to be more heterogenous with relation to socio-economic class.
Do we really have more fights because American schools are more multicultural with more disparity between the classes? Or am I WAY off?
I really do want to understand this...
I wasted so many hours on fights...on the paperwork associated with suspending kids and on the time it took to notify parents about their children's behavior.... But why?
I want all educational environments to be as productive as the one I work in...all teachers deserve the opportunity to just focus on teaching while all kids focus on learning. Novel concept, huh? But how do we accomplish it?