Violence in kindergarten

Violent kindergarteners are posing a greater problem for teachers, says the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

As most North Texas students — including those in Fort Worth and Arlington — return to classes Monday, teachers expect to see a continuation of a disturbing trend: It’s the tiniest students who are hitting, spitting, kicking, biting and cursing like sailors.

. . . Counselors in Fort Worth and Arlington schools say today’s kindergartners are experiencing more emotional and behavioral problems than their counterparts five years ago, according to a survey released in February. Several area educators contacted for this report expressed the same sentiment.

The students are violent, lack discipline and show no respect for authority, according to the survey by the Partnership for Children and the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County.

The survey blamed the problems on issues including fractured families, a lack of structure for children and a growing incivility in public discourse.

The problem is widespread. National studies show that about 10 percent of preschool and young school-age children behave aggressively and that 25 percent of young economically disadvantaged children do.

Many teachers are afraid of being sued if they physically restrain a violent child — even to protect the child or other students from injury.

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  1. As the parent of a child who had her first day of kindergarten today, this is what keeps me up at nights.

  2. Mad Scientist says:

    Just shoot the little bastards, and perform a service to society.

    Then stop the parents from breeding.

  3. There’s a kids’ program on Cartoon Network in which the kindergarteners run around the schoolyard dressed as cannibals in feathers and loincloths, and all of the older students are afraid to go near them.

    A friend’s pre-school daugher enjoys the show, but is not sure that she looks forward to entering kindergarten.

  4. Bart: you mean =Recess=, that Disney cartoon? I don’t think it runs on Cartoon Network, but on ABC Family or something. But then, I’m not at home when any kids cartoons run on the Cartoon Network.

    =Recess= is a pretty fun cartoon. And yeah, the kindergarteners are scary.

  5. That’s probably the show. I’m not sure what channel, it could be Disney. I think the kindergarten characters are loosely based on Lord of the Flies. Evidently my friend’s daugher thought she would be expected to become one of them.

  6. I think they call them crack babies, or something like that. There isn’t much they can do for that condition, and I wouldn’t expect their behavior to improve much as they age. If anything it will get much worse.
    Drug addicted mothers are providing society with some interesting challenges.

  7. “[E]conomically disadvantaged” is a very long synonym for “poor.” More letters, same content, less offensive?

  8. five-year olds…behave aggressively…run and scream……No! Really? Say it isn’t so…. I know: get out the ritalin!

  9. Bob Diethrich says:

    Amen Bill:

    And I bet about 90% of them are little boys. Let’s just let the professional staff of the elementaries (who tend to be about 95% female and many come from “feminist” backgrounds)drug them and prepare them for life!

    Yeah, that oughta do it!

  10. It’s not that the kids themselves are worse. It’s the environment they grow up in.

    Okay, some kids are just born bad, but for the most part, nurture trumps nature at that age. And at other ages.

    I tried to be a bad kid. Really, I did. But my parents raised me too well.

    Maybe the teachers should be allowed to do to the parents what the kids do in the schools. Maybe that would get the point across. Because nothing else is.

  11. Fleming, drugs are not necessarily the source of the problem here.

    Very young children who have unstable families (single parents who change significant others a lot, move frequently, divorced parents, etc.) often have behavioral problems. Kids need stability, routine, and familiarity. They act out stress by being rebellious and violent.

    Poor parenting creates the same situation, even in a stable family. Kids need rules that are absolutely consistently enforced, rules that define limits in their activities. I, for example, was not allowed to drink soda until I was 10 or so. I didn’t resent this rule as far as I can remember. In fact my mother had to remind me about the rule itself.

  12. I salute the excellent level of denial exhibited here. No, folks, there is no problem. No problem at all. Move along now. Nothing to see here.

  13. Something to see here other than Fleming’s pet issue. Move along now.

  14. This doesn’t even qualify as a proto-pet, much less a pet.

    But if your brain isn’t too feeble to recognize that about 50% of children in the US are born out of wedlock, to girls who are far less likely to be taking care of themselves and their pregnancies than most married women. And you recognize that large numbers of babies will be born under the debilitating influences of tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, PCP, and any number of other intoxicants including glue.

    (I think triticale picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue. 🙂

  15. 50%?? I’m a little out of touch, socially … where does that statistic come from?

  16. Okay, Stephanie, you’re right. The number for blacks is 70%, for Puerto Ricans 60%, for Hawaiians 50%, for all Hispanics 45%, for filipinas 40%, for girls between 14 and 19 80%, for women between 20 and 25 52%. For all women the number is supposedly around 33%, although I expect the real number is closer to 40% counting illegals. Expect that to converge on 50% as the hispanic population grows.
    In other words, before you take too many more breaths, the 50% figure will be accurate.

    Many, many drug babies with lifelong behavioral problems. Bad in kindergarten, bad in school, bad on the streets.

  17. Statistics are from here.
    The supposed illegitimacy rate for all US births is 34%, but like I said, I suspect that is an undercount due to illegals falling through the cracks. With overall hispanic rates climbing through 45%, and hispanic proportion of the population growing rapidly, expect illegitimacy rates above 50% in 10-20 years.

  18. Presuming by the phrase “illegals” you mean Hispanic immigrants, how can you expect the illegitimacy rates to reach 50% when the total Hispanic rate falls short of that? Is there evidence that illegal aliens have more out of wedlock births? Just askin’.

    The percentage of Hispanic children living in two parent homes is a little more encouraging at 64%. For non-Hispanic Whites it’s 74% and for Black households it’s 36%.

  19. This kind of statistic is always hopelessly lagging the reality, given the rapid rate of immigration and societal change.

    If African americans have illegitimacy rates of 70%, hispanics have illegitimacy rates of 45% and growing toward the black rate, and are growing in proportion, native americans have rates between 60 and 70%, and the rates are growing among whites, asians, and pacific islanders-

    the (soon to be majority) hispanic rate will soon be 50% or above, and the high rates for blacks (70%)will balance the lower rates (in the high 30% or low 40%) for the others.

    The book by noted anthropologist Lionel Tiger, “Decline of Males”, describes how changing technology has led to ever increasing illegitimacy rates. Of course, if muslims take over the country and require everyone to convert, all of this will change.

  20. My nephew is experiencing hitting and biting. he is a lovable good natured boy not a crack baby, or a hethan who, has never been hit or bitten. He has been sent home 4 times for hitting or biting, in talking with him, he is being bullied and provoked at a new school where he started late and all the kids know eachother from preschool. He is unable to express his emotions. He is currently seeing a behavioral therapist to learn to work out expressing his emotions rather than acting out on them.