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  •  A lot of the problem, imho, is that anything even (4+ / 0-)

    in the same ballpark as "sex ed" or otherwise related to sexuality, puberty, etc. (and yes, I know that this issue isn't sex ed) has become deeply politicized and schools are not structured to be participans in political fights; they tend to be the tail and of the snake, whipped around by everything else.  So addressing other issues is possible when you've got well-meaning and well-trained staff in place but this becomes a huge lightning rod; it only takes a few people to totally disrupt and derail town council or school committee meetings and make a huge issue out of this.

    I understand the rationale for local control of schools, but I no longer buy in.  Statewide or national dictates could really do a lot to insulate from localized backblasts in rural and conservative areas.

    No one thing will fix this problem, and we'll never totally "fix" bullying, only minimize it and better address the harms created.  But maybe depoliticizing these issues could be a good start.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:48:05 PM PST

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