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  •  "No bullying, because if I hear about it (9+ / 0-)

    ... I'm coming back to deal with it myself," the governor told students.

    This is the statement that does it for me, and it would be particular hard cases who would not think twice about bullying after that. It needs to be told to kids by mothers and fathers at the first sign of bullying. Period.

    •  Actually what works is for the schools to (6+ / 0-)

      have all staff make lists of:

      a) kids likely to BE bullied

      b) kids likely TO bully

      c) teach anti-bullying curriculum to the students

      d) have talks with other teachers, staff, and supervisory personnel (principals, etc.) about the lists (the lists are shared amongst all staff)

      So. In a school that's committed to working on this, the librarian and the janitor know who the kids on the list are, and have contributed to making it, and will get communications from the principal about the topic.

      Kids don't learn to read by accident, or without effort on the part of the adults at the school.

      Bullying won't evaporate by accident, and can't be erased without effort on the part of adults at the school.

      To give an example from a kindergarten I volunteered in recently. There was one little boy who was being whammed on at home by several brothers. It was one violent family. He had a ready response to frustration: Hit Someone! The teacher and other staff and playground personnel were working on helping him to modify that, instead of just writing him off. Further, he was sitting through the school's anti-bullying lessons, which at that age means the teacher reading dialog about two puppet animals who have a friendship, and letting the class discuss their choices.

      This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

      by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 12:56:14 AM PST

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