Monday, October 13, 2014

The TASC List: A Bullying Lesson

Wilton Bulletin, October 12, 2014

"Students in schools across the country today exhibit thuggish behaviors, from playground intimidation to Internet aggression — and everything in between. There are many programs to tame such beasts, to prevent injury to body and spirit, and to reduce psychological damage. Some are effective; some are not.

In a few countries, however, what we call bullying takes the form of administration-sponsored activities to keep students in line, curb out-of-bounds behavior patterns, and punish performers thought to be operating below normal standards and expectations. In Japan, for example, the use of student-directed sanctions and admonishments against other students has been considered an ordinary extension of the disciplinary process and the drive for improved levels of conformity and compliance." Read more

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