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Comission for children releases survey on aggression


The Mayor's Commission for Children releases the results of a survey that shows a rise in aggressive behavior in the kindergarten classroom. Mike Smith has the story:

The Mayor's Commission for Children, on Wednesday (8-10) released reports from a survey given out to Republic and Springfield public school principals and kindergarten teachers, on the aggression of children in kindergarten.

The results of the study showed three-quarters of the principals and teachers surveyed reported moderate to significant increases in the frequency of aggressive behavior, and two-thirds of the principals and teachers surveyed reported moderate to significant increases in the severity of aggressive behavior."

Lloyd Young us a member of the Mayor's Commission for Children. He says the survey showed there was no difference between the smaller schools in Republic and the bigger schools in Springfield, in terms of agressive behavior in the classroom, and says one of the biggest problems with aggression is the time it takes away from the class.

Lloyd Young says all hope is not lost. The Mayor's Commission for Children has made recommendations to address the problems of aggression in the classroom, and encourages all members of the community, and its organizations, to examine the study and come up with ideas and recommendations of their own.

Young says the kindergarten teachers in the survey said they would welcome more training to help them deal with the aggression of their students. For K-S-M-U News, I'm Mike Smith.