The Future of Bullying

I keep reading about all of the effort being spent protecting kids from bullies, a laudable but nearly impossible task to complete. Instead of using all of our resources trying unsuccessfully to protect kids from bullies perhaps we might be better off teaching children how to handle bullies.
Just as we have not stopped drug use through drug education or under-age sex and drinking through educational programming we will not eradicate bullies through our schools. Bullies will and do exist in all facets of our society. Chances are many of you reading this will need to work with one today.
Does it make sense to create a support system that stops at the school house door when bullying will not stop at the school house door? Or would it make more sense to accept the fact that bullying does exist and provide our children with the tools to overcome and co-exist with bullies throughout their lives instead of depending upon others to do it for them. I have no sympathy for true bullies and am in favor of severe punishment after remediation for true bullying, nor do I feel that those in charge should turn a blind eye towards bullying, but I feel strongly that like an incurable disease, in general, bullies cannot be cured or eradicated, they can only be controlled and for that control to be effective throughout life our responses must be flexible and self-driven. Attempting to build a Maginot line of teachers, rules and curriculum against bullying as we appear to be doing now, will be just about as effective as the Maginot line was against German blitzkrieg in the WWII.


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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4 Responses to The Future of Bullying

  1. Anonymous says:

    What you wrote above is definitely a positive thought. But I cannot personally recall how you ever saved anyone from bullying. In fact, I remember it being quite the opposite. I remember like it was yesterday when you inflamed the situation with emphatic and laughable language, giving other students even more of a chance to ridicule me. I remember when your only recourse was to remove me from opportunities (really?, you never heard of a tutor?). And, I remember when you reduce me, the bullied student, to a degraded shadow.

    Were you ever a good teacher to anyone? From my experience, I cannot see that in you.

  2. thelast says:

    Well said…I believe the present day example involving a Miami Dolphin football player demonstrates that bullying exist in all walks of life. It’s hard to fathom a 300 pound football player being bullied!!!gasp

  3. I love your thoughts on bullying, I feel the same way. It extends past the school and travels deep into every day life.
    Love your blog, keep writing =)

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