A Disturbing Surge in Schools

There is a disturbing surge in hate-laced bullying among students of all ages, as reported by Katherine Stewart in “The Nation”.  Particularly toward Muslim students, immigrants, and children of color, girls, and Jews.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than half of teachers surveyed reported an increase in uncivil political discourse.  The damage to our culture of civility will take time to repair. It can cause trauma to the bullied, and the bully suffers as well.  Children who are bullies are more likely to commit crimes later in life.  When adult role models are bullies, it teaches children to solve their problems by taking it out on others.  When it is accepted in our mainstream culture, bystanders become indifferent, since it has been modeled as an acceptable practice. (more…)

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