School Culture and the Hidden Aggressive Curriculum: Hidden Aggressive Curriculum
There exists within our schools a Hidden Aggressive Curriculum that is a driving force manifesting itself in the form of school violence. No school is exempt from it clutches; no faculty immune to its poison; no community insulated from its paralyzing impact. As a nation we have seen the transformation of school violence to a point it now seems to have a life of its own. School violence was once measured by the number of pencils stolen, or the number of fights that occured during a school year. Today, however, the term has a mortal meaning. This presentation will focus on the lessons learned from violent incidents and the role school culture is playing in creating an atmosphere of violence. Selected school shootings will be examined with suggested strategies for K-12 and university pre-service educators.
Keywords: School Culture, Hidden Aggressive Curriculum, School Violence
Dr. David Daves
Interim Chair, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, The University of Southern Mississippi