Bullying in the Schools Will Not End Until We Change Our Pragmatic Strategies.

Marcos Karel Miranda Director of Educational Programs at Columbia Educational Designs

During OPB's Think Out Loud Program, a student from the Student Government at Grant High School in Portland, indicated that students are afraid to be alone in the locker rooms.. Further, the Principal Vivian Orlen shared that due to an incident involving the basketball team, the issue of hazing, bullying, and harassment has become a topic of conversation n and concern. Bullying has become an epidemic in Oregon! A surveyed conducted in 2009 by the Oregon Students of Color Coalition found that, “ 41% of eights graders in Oregon reported being subjected to name-calling, bullying or other embarrassment at school with the highest rates among the students of color, girls, and gays.” The problem come to the attention of the federal government, and President Barack Obama in a white house conference to deal with the phenomenon of bullying in the United States declared that, “ As parents and students, as teachers and members of the community, we can take steps—all of us-to help prevent bullying and create a climate in our schools in which all of our children can feel safe; a climate in which they all can feel like they belong.”
The phenomenon of bullying is a problem that has existed since the schools were created, and it is not going to improve from one day to another. Many solutions directed to prevent bullying focus in raising awareness, school policies and procedures, mediation, and short term training. These approaches are too pragmatic, and they don't work.
Research that from emerged from the Center of Behavioral Research from the University of Stavanger in Norway in the 1990s ad later from several Universities such as Clemson in the United States support that the best known solution to preventing and eradicating bullying is the whole-school approach. From this perspective there needs to be a systemic change where students, teachers, school management, parents create a plan with attainable objectives, and activities directed to achieve the reduction of bullying. Whole-school approach programs are about 12-18 months, and both human and financial resources are needed. The main objective is to create an environment where everyone is confident that bullying will not be tolerated and the creation of an emotional environment conducive to learning and the development of healthy relationships. On a 2009 report, Experts from UNICEF argued that positive emotional environments tend to increase academic performance. It is only when we decide as a society that education is a real priority, and we allocate the resources accordingly that issues such as bullying will disappear from our schools.

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We are the models for our

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We are the models for our children---do we want to work with students? We need to build internal assets in our children---we need to help guide them make better choices through modelling effective problem solving thru restorative practices and finding them opportunities to demonstrate their passions and interest

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Cleaning up the village

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Turn on the TV and witness kids who are always more clever than their parents. Then get on the internet and read threads full of adults bullying each other with mean comments. What have we created? Shame on us. And now we scratch our heads and ask "Why such an epidemic of cruelty?'
We (at IABPM) get thanked daily by kids for helping them find more truth and less hooky pokie--we help them sort through the muck. And as kids get more insightful, they get more brave, they stand more tall and they do better in math. We witness this over and over again. They become happy nonconformists. They don't become bullies and they don't attract bullies. It's an attitude of "Oh, hello, get a life" they begin carrying around when anyone, even a sloppy parent, comes at them crooked. Wisdom soaks in. The village messed up the world, now the village has to clean it up. one kid at a time.
For starters, please paint parents on TV less like silly baffoons and more like adults a kid can respect. And when hanging with kids? Humor works like a charm. Just be one step ahead of the kid. For pete's sake, we've been on the planet longer! Remind them of that. WHEN did we all stop doing that? No wonder they feel overwhelmed and act out.
I do believe an entire schools need to have a clear, stronger intent. We have to stop catering to kids who just got to this planet. We are their guides, not the other way around. And also, let's set the tone. Be nicer on internet threads. Let's clean up our own act. Even with politics. This is a very thoughtful thread. Gets a person who cares going haha. Sorry I wrote so much, this territory is just so where I live :-)

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