reply to post by Domo1
Domo1 i don't know if we will ever see a real solution to bullying in schools. regardless of whether the perceived impetus is ones sexuality, manner
of dress, participation in a group/club/activity, their haircut --- you name it, some student somewhere will react poorly and victimize others
supposedly because of it. the excuse a bully may offer is secondary as the primary problem is unwanted & unjustifiable abuse of others.
from what little i know of life supposedly bullies are acting out on others because they have rage over things in their life. with elementary and high
school age students there is also a maturity factor, or lack thereof, that comes into play. young people sometimes do stupid things or the wrong
thing. they may not even know why they acted out they way they did at the time. sometimes bullying is a one-time thing that the actor learns from.
people make mistakes, live and learn. repeated bullying by the same actor is a real problem.
it's easy for grown adults to forget how difficult those times were for us. it's a whole different world with a different set of problems. "it
isn't easy being green", said our friend Kermit the Frog. being a teen can really suck, and school can make it blow 10x harder. most don't feel
like they fit in anywhere. they are still growing and learning things, not just textbook stuff, but handling new feelings, relationships, perceptions,
all the while trying to cope with raging screaming hormones coursing through their body. it's a little slice of hell on earth.
my guess is that it would be best to face issues head-on in the lecture hall or gymnasium with as many students as possible present. they always made
us, in my time, show up for the rah-rah meetings to blow smoke up the football players pampered butts and endure happy happy Suzy Creamcheese
cheerleaders do the Pep Rally thing. attendance was mandatory. few wanted to be there. if schools can pull students out of class on the premise of
school pride they can do it on the premise of the school body learning to get along too.
i doubt this will ever happen. i don't know why but in the USA it seems to me we turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to all sorts of issues that would
make many citizens happy: legalizing it, legalizing prostitution, making damn sure people that have babies know how to parent them, responsibly being
introduced to alcohol, etcetera.
perhaps TPTB that reign over the public school systems of the land know why they want the team quarterback and the head cheerleader to be placed on
high ground and paraded before the school body. we seem to be in a never ending 'Groundhog Day' movie cycle of trying to exemplify the All-American
Stereotype. in reality 1947 was a long time ago; it's 2011: the quarterback is gay and sells the best bud in town and the head cheerleader is a major
slut with daddy issues.
i can't foresee schools making much headway with issues like bullying when so much time, effort and funding is annually channeled into the same
things it has always done. sports and extra-curricular activities are good for some students, they enjoy them and learn some object lessons through
them. meanwhile, the rest of the student body should also be celebrated for their achievements and interests. young people should be shown they are
appreciated, they have value, and they should have something to be proud of. "every dog has their day" is nice for the dogs, every dog should have a
chance to shine and receive kudos.
those in charge of setting up public school programs need to address the diversification that is the culture of America. we have people from all over
the world living life here. the many differences in ethnicity, beliefs, traditions and sexuality should be touched upon in the school. i think if we
don't address this topic with purpose we will continue to have ignorance and intolerance.
please note: these are my opinions only, based upon observation and life experience and not upon what other people may have researched, written a
paper on, have a link to, etcetera. my 2 cents, nothing more.