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Top Ten Behavioral Challenges Pre-1963 & Post-1963.

Note: The Bible was removed from Public Schools along with praying The Lord's Prayer in 1963. The 10 Commandments later in 1980.


Top Ten Behavioral Challenges Pre-1963:


Truancy: Skipping school was a common issue, with students often needing to work or help with family obligations (Rumberger, 2011).


Talking out of turn: Disruptive talking and not waiting for their turn to speak was common challenge for teachers (Davies, 1963).


Defiance: Students disobeyed or challenged teachers' authority (Jackson, 1968).


Classroom disturbances: Students created disruptions such as throwing objects or loud noises (Davies, 1963).


Lack of respect for authority: Disrespectful attitudes toward teachers and school staff were common (Jackson, 1968).


Fighting: Physical altercations among students concerned teachers (Davies, 1963).


Vandalism: Property damage in and around schools was a problem (Rumberger, 2011).


Smoking: Smoking in school or on school property was prevalent among students (Davies, 1963).


Bullying: Students often tease or harass their peers (Olweus, 1993).


Lack of motivation: Students struggled with engagement and motivation to complete work or attend school (Rumberger, 2011).


Top Ten Behavioral Challenges Post-1963:


Cyberbullying: The emergence of the internet and social media introduced a new form of bullying (Hinduja & Patchin, 2009).


Drug and alcohol use: Substance abuse became a more widespread concern among students (Johnston, O'Malley, Bachman, & Schulenberg, 2012).


Disengagement: Students became increasingly disinterested or disconnected from learning (Fredricks, Blumenfeld, & Paris, 2004).

School shootings: The rise in school shootings brought increased fear and anxiety to schools (Katsiyannis, Whitford, & Ennis, 2018).


Sexting: Sharing explicit photos or messages via digital devices emerged as a new challenge (Klettke, Hallford, & Mellor, 2014).


Mental health issues: Anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns among students became more prevalent (Suldo, Thalji, & Ferron, 2011).


Academic cheating: The accessibility of online information has led to increased cheating (McCabe, Trevino, & Butterfield, 2001).


Technology distractions: Using smartphones and other devices in the classroom can hinder learning (Rosen, Lim, Carrier, & Cheever, 2011).


Classroom incivility: Disrespectful and disruptive behavior toward peers and teachers remains a concern (Clark & Springer, 2007).


Diversity and inclusion: Addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse student population is a challenge for modern educators (Banks, 2006).

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