Monday, May 14, 2007

Passing the buck on bullying

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) loves to push programs that address the whole child[1]. Lately, it has been pushing programs to rid schools of bullying. Certainly, ridding schools of bullying is a worthy goal. Yet, the programs are simply more Progressive mush; social engineering to create today's version of Trotsky's New Soviet Man.

The key to stopping bullying is for the adults in the schools to enforce policies that are already on the books of every school in the US. Yet, the programs recommended by ASCD are aimed at changing student behavior. They suggest forming "partnerships with elementary schools, families, and young adult volunteers to empower students as peacemakers to create their own safe classrooms and communities." What about the teaching staff? Aren't they responsible for enforcing district and school policies?

Bullying could be reduce -- it can never be cured -- by teachers performing the duties that they are paid to perform. But, if teachers actually did their jobs, they couldn't implement programs whose sole purpose is to inculcate the youth of this nation.

The next time your school or district says that it is looking to start a new program or pass a new policy to address bullying, remind them that bullying is the product of teachers who chose to look the other way; passing the buck to the students.


[1] The "whole child" is the Progressive utopian child that is self-actualized, yet devoid of knowledge. Educators appeal to the concept of the "whole child" since it frees public schools from having to teach the three R's.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How about more men in schools so expectations ARE enforced? How about more strong male leadership at the top of each building? Less conversation, less concensus-building, more action.

The demographic who won't pick a fight with textbook manufacturers are reluctant to talk tough with kids as well.

Every lunch period has men scheduled, and we inherit the biggest study halls. Perhaps men are not as inconsequential as feminists would have us think?

Sharing the blame is the ignorance of male psychology in education/educators. Feminists pushed through the 80's for a system that would help girls to achieve but we treat boys like they're girls too.

Parents should rethink their strategy on discipline as well. i.e. if your kid is assigned a detention because they misbehave don't deliver Wendy's.

Of course, when you have people like Mary Kay Letourneau gathering news who can blame parents for being skeptics too?