It's almost impossible to answer these questions. We can't always pinpoint what makes a child violent. But we do know that by cultivating a series of core strengths in our students we can offer them an antidote to the inescapable violence to which they're exposed. Each of the core strengths attachment, self-regulation, affiliation, awareness, tolerance, and respect is a building block in a student's emotional development. Together, they provide a strong foundation for his or her future health, happiness, and productivity.
For more on the six
core strengths, see "Stop the Violence," the first in a series of violence-prevention
pieces by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., in Instructor's October 2001 issue.