This article is reprinted from the Fall 1997 issue of the Notebook.
I was volunteering in Chinatown one day interviewing parents who wanted to register their children for an afterschool program run by a community organization. The questions were basic enough: How many children? How old? Why do you want your child in this program?
Across the room I watched another interview taking place. Something in the face of the mother responding to the questions stopped me.
This article by a Philadelphia teacher was written nine years ago for the Winter 1995 issue of the Notebook.
Violence in the schools is a topic receiving a lot of media coverage these days - shooting in the hallways, assaults on the play-grounds, vandalism against school property. Commissions at every level have been formed to address the problem.