Smart Kids Bad Schools

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Danielle DeAssis Professor Joshua Halsband Research Paper May 15, 2014 School Climate As schools try to accomplish higher achievements major factors play part of the achievements. In the book Smart Kids, Bad Schools, one of the main focus is the schools social and physical environments. The influence a school gives off will either hurt them or better the school’s reputation. The OECD (2006) defines that “educational spaces” as a physical space that supports multiple and diverse teaching and learning programs. The social environment is defined as positive interpersonal relationship. By facilities involving in the students learning process and better the environment it will maintain a positive, respectful school climate. As well, as having a positive physical environment which will allow students to realize that their education and surroundings are cared for. By strengthening the school climate including physical and social environments it will improve student’s interest. Social environment permits students to succeed and limits or eliminates certain behaviors. By allowing students to go into a well put school with caring facility members it grants students to succeed in their studies and becomes an extra push to want to do better. According to Developmental Studies center “when students find their school environment to be supportive, and caring , they are less likely to become involved in substance abuse, violence, and other problem behaviors ( Hawkins, Catalano,Kosterman, Abott, & Hill 1999; Battistich & Hom 1997; Resnick et al. 1997) Students are more likely to develop positive attitudes towards themselves and towards other. Connectedness, belongingness all refer to student’s sense of being in close, respectful relationship with other classmates and adults in the school. Students in high community schools have a higher chance of becoming
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