It’s time to take a thoughtful approach to bullying

Well said, Tim, very well said.

Nice balance of calm consideration of the issues and the research.

Steely words when needed.

More please on what ‘ educators’ (including ASCII and playwork staff etc, are telling you. Yes, anonymise it as needed, but we need to hear those other voices, even if voiced by an actor.

There must be many heartbroken teachers who have watched in horror as a small child who said he called me black’ saw his chum subjected to North Korean style reindoctrination. I exaggerate for satirical effect: I’ll leave it to you to provide BBC balance, please.

Rethinking Childhood

bully movie logoIn a post on her ‘Free Range Kids’ blog last week, Lenore Skenazy questions whether the US is in the midst of a ‘bullying crisis’. She quotes statistics from a piece in the Wall Street Journal that showed dramatic declines in both the fear of attack (down from 12% in 1995 to 4% in 2009) and actual victimisation (where rates have fallen fivefold).

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  1. Thanks for the reblog and the comment, Arthur. Not sure if you saw my blog post on the school that banned best friends – and also my follow-up interview with ex-head Juliet Robertson.
    One school I’ve had some contact with had a written policy on bullying that included a long list of types of behaviours that were [quote] ‘not accepted’. Such things as hurtful chat, mean looks, making nasty comments and then claiming that they were just a joke – you get the picture. The head felt that this was undermining the school’s efforts to foster resilience and confidence in the students (and this was a school that prides itself on educating ‘the whole child’). Students and parents expected the school to intervene, and the head had to deal with complaints that took up time and that should have been sorted out by the protagonists.
    I have given versions of my talk on risk aversion to at perhaps 10 or more groups of heads and teachers since No Fear came out in ’07. It is striking that without fail, when I reach the section on bullying, spontaneous nodding breaks out amongst large parts of the audience.

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