As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, you will no doubt be confronted with lots of "where are we now" stories. Consider these results from a new survey of K-12 teachers:
— 2 in 5 teachers have faced verbal or physical aggression from a student's parent or guardian.
— 1 in 4 say a pupil has attacked them.
— 1 in 3 teachers in primary schools say they have experienced physical aggression, compared with 1 in 5 in secondary schools.
More evidence that American kids are out of control? No.
This data comes from Britain, where nearly 60 percent of those who took part in the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' survey said they thought student behavior had worsened during the past five years.
Horror stories included 6-year-olds trashing rooms and computers, pulling knives, and attacking teachers and other students.
In contrast, my time last year filling in as an English and history teacher at Wichita's East and North high schools — which many people perceive as "inner-city" environments — was rewarding and low-conflict. Just a thought.