How can students become more respectful?
Students in the Janesville School District could play nicer together. That is evident after the district revealed results of two surveys of student satisfaction. The first-ever surveys, administered in December and January, separately polled kids in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and those in grades 6-12. One of the lowest-scoring questions was: “Kids are nice to each other at my school.”
While more than 80 percent of students agreed with that statement, other questions got much higher marks. Also, on a scale of 1 to 4, responses among older students averaged 2.57 to this statement: “Students at this school respect other students who are different than they are.”
No one should deny that bullying can be a problem in Janesville as well as in all schools.
What should we expect staffers and administrators to do to improve these scores? What role can parents play?
One commenter in Sunday’s Gazette Sound Off feature suggested that given the district’s financial pinch, the surveys seemed like a waste of money. Do you agree?
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.