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Violence against teachers: suffered by 90%

Violence against teachers: suffered by 90%

July 19, 2024

The drums of violence against teachers have been playing for some time, but now they are louder than ever. According to the latest surveys of the Independent Trade Union Center and of Officials (CSIF), an overwhelming percentage of 90% of the teachers surveyed he claims to have experienced some case of violence in the classrooms , and another 75% affirm that they have lost respect and level of authority.

In addition, a quarter of the interviewees assure or think that the work life in the educational center is neither very pleasant nor pleasant. It is not a problem alien to anyone; associations of fathers and mothers are aware of the situation and demand more means to combat violence in the classroom. The problem could be in the new forms of socialization and in a misuse of the Internet.

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The violence according to the Independent Trade Union of Officials

With a sample of 3,000 teachers and professors interviewed, the result of this study has caused alarms to jump in both the media and the Ministry of Education. Although schools are created with the aim of educating, it seems that nonviolence, one of the fundamental principles for socializing and participating in any culture, loses presence in the classroom. Physical or verbal violence seems to be present in the work of most of the teachers.

To make matters worse, other indicators of the study show more signs of the effects of violence in the classroom. The numbers are the following: 55% of teachers say there is a lot of violence in the classrooms , 28% think that the relationship with the parents is bad or very bad, and another 20% of the respondents admit having a poor relationship with their students. Certainly, it is to worry if the trend is not reversed.

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Main causes

The CSIF presented the study a little over a week ago, and its presenter, Mario Gutiérrez, opened the session by openly acknowledging the seriousness of the situation: "it is extremely worrisome". The study is blunt: if this violence of children is not corrected, it will become an adult violence . It is no longer a matter of respecting the teacher, but of oneself and others.

The authors of the study point to possible causes of this phenomenon: the lack of teacher authority (without a doubt the most relevant), the access that students have to any type of violent content through the Internet and the little recognition that teachers have on the part of society.

Not so long ago, the teacher was the second most important figure for young people, after fathers and mothers. The education that the children received was complemented by the school. That chain of transmission of socializing values, says Gutiérrez, has been interrupted.

Trade unions warn of this lack of latent authority, since in many cases teachers say they do not have control of the situation and feel humiliated by the student himself even when he is very young. It calls special attention that some teachers claim to be unable to throw the student out of class when he behaves improperly. The teachers claim the lack of support from their superiors, the competent authorities but, above all, the parents when they meet with them. "Most do not accept criticism of their children," explained a professor in the presentation of the results of the study.

I could not miss another classic of our times: social networks. The creators of the study affirm that students of very early age, between the 12 and the 16 years, provoke situations of school bullying and bullying to extreme levels. The union points to the bad practice on the part of fathers and mothers of giving away mobile devices in communions. "They do not know how to handle egos and lose respect to their peers 24 hours a day." From this perspective, social networks like Instagram propiciar a constant competition for influence over others , violence being one more way to earn that precious respect.

Some measures

Apart from the recent study of the CSIF, there are other reports of action and prevention of violence in the classroom that recommend some measures to curb this wave of abuse to teachers. And it is that the situation requires it, according to the most pessimistic points of view. The association of El Defensor del Profesor assured that threats and aggressions against educators by students has multiplied by five in recent years.

For this reason, the CSIF has proposed a series of measures that require urgent implementation, such as making a State pact to that public education centers have a psychological support department for this type of incident, or implement an updated school coexistence plan. In the short term, more training is required for teachers to combat the harmful influence of the misuse of new technologies, such as WhatsApp or Facebook.

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