Bullying is universal, prevalent in most countries, and not a new problem. In spite of a media frenzy, there is no definitive evidence that bullying is on the rise. Nevertheless, it is a problem to be taken seriously and just one incident of bullying is one too many.
Bullying should never be accepted as just a “normal” part of schooling. In a democratic society, schools must be committed to social justice and helping all students from all families achieve at high levels. When a culture of bullying and violence is tolerated, the entire school community is distracted from doing the work of schools.
When problems arise in schools and the discussion is fueled by the media, it is common for policy makers to issue mandates or for school leaders and teachers to implement quick fix, one size fits all programs. Mandates pushed down from those farthest from the learner are often met with resistance from educators. At best, these mandates often result in a paper exercise followed by a flurry of compliance activities that become ends in themselves, rather than the means to addressing the problem.
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