| September 30, 1998
A recent study of school-based violence prevention programs gave EDC’s Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders its top rating, calling it “beautifully organized,” and “teacher friendly.” Of the 12 comprehensive school health curricula reviewed in the report, only Aggressors received an “A.”
The two-year study was conducted by the Washington-based agency, Drug Strategies, and funded by the William T. Grant Foundation. It stresses the importance of a comprehensive approach to violence prevention for young people and recommends that school-based programs include skills-building activities, interactive teaching strategies, and the use of culturally sensitive materials.
Two other EDC violence prevention curricula were also highly recommended by the report. Healing the Hate, an interdisciplinary middle school curriculum that focuses on hate crime prevention, was cited for its emphasis on building student empathy and its “very thorough media component.”
Violence Prevention Curriculum for Adolescents, a high school program built around conflict resolution strategies, was commended for “its well integrated discussion of race and socio-economic status,” as well as its use of interactive learning techniques.