A New School Year Starts

Each year around this time, I try to take a pulse of where the issue of bullying has gone and what looks ahead for the next year, since the school year (at least where I live) starts this week.

The last year was certainly one of the more positive years when it comes to bullying awareness. The documentary “Bully” came out and was promoted heavily. Many went to see it. Many new laws and school policies were enacted. The media covered the bullying issue heavily, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper doing a big production about it and the major networks all having specials on the issue in some way.

But, there is still work to be done. For example, the bullying documentary continued to show that little has changed in many places. The administration is still blind to the issue of bullying and the kids who are bullied are still dealing with potential long-term issues. The news coverage still fails to say what the solution is and all we can do is continue to point out the issue.

Maybe that sounds negative, but still, the long-term issue of the damage to children that bullying causes continues to be unresolved. Certainly, the last year was a positive first step and I hope that, after 5+ years of doing this blog, this can be the year that I have more positive stories to tell of how the country and the world are solving the issue of bullying.

3 thoughts on “A New School Year Starts

  1. What about the issue of reparations? Some of us are now aged, and all of us are aging, and the years of schoolyard bullying and/or ostracism (a form of bullying in itself) have had, no matter how fulfilled or adjusted and healthy our lives since, their effects. Perhaps on our confidence, so that we have never, in a nation where “confidence” and an ability to “sell oneself” are major components of success, been able to reach the success our talents would otherwise have brought. Perhaps on our relationships, so that–especially for those of us born when Freudianisms held sway–for the fears and self-uncertainties brought on by bullying, we may have lost years of familial connection. Perhaps on our sense of self, so that our abilities to form our own families was affected. Perhaps on our capacities to fully pursue our worklife, so that our income has been seriously limited.
    Who is to pay for these losses? Ourselves, as another form of victimization? Those now-grown children, names perhaps long forgotten by us, who did the specific acts of bullying? Or the school systems that allowed the bullying? The proponents of government violence such as war and vengeance that set the model for these bullies? The children and the teachers and the “ordinary folks” who looked away?
    These are serious questions, for there have been doubtless more decades than we here remember of such destructive activities. We’ve many miles to go on this action.

  2. Bullying we always be with us no matter how well we control children and schools. Bullying is one of the cornerstones of American foreign policy and domestic law enforcement. No matter how well we explain to our children the negative effects of this behavior, they will eventually notice that the “Greatest Country on Earth” is the greatest bully on earth as well and our most violent presidents tend to be very popular. Our best efforts to reduce the prevalence of bullying in the worlds of our children will always be undone by the prevalence and success of bullying in the worlds of adults.

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