Tag Archive: bully

Oct 12

Bullying can present itself in many ways

Bullying is sometimes very obvious – a big kid pushing a smaller kid around – but much more subtle forms of bullying can be just as harmful, says Prairie du Sac guidance counselor Anne Uphoff. “It could be leaving someone out on purpose,” Uphoff says in a Sauk Prairie Eagle article. “It could be where someone is really nice to you one-on-one, but in a crowd as a bystander they might not do anything. We try to get them to realize how that might look to the other child.”

May 19

San Diego schools combat rising Islamophobia

Responding to a rising number of bullying incidents directed at Muslim students, the San Diego Unified School District is adopting a multi-tiered approach to combatting Islamophobia. According to the Los Angeles Times, elements of the plan include: administrators and teachers will have calendars showing Islamic holidays, students will learn more about the religion in social studies classes; and safe places will be created on campuses for Muslim students.

May 16

Study finds bullying common among U.S. students

About 15 percent of U.S. fourth- graders and 7 percent of U.S. eighth-graders reported experiencing bullying at least once a month, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Department of Justice. Also, third-graders who reported that they were frequently victimized scored lower in reading, mathematics, and science than their peers who reported that they were never victimized or that they were sometimes or rarely victimized.

Nov 30

School climate worsens in wake of election, new report says

Teachers describe an increase in the use of slurs and derogatory language, along with disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags in the wake of November’s divisive election that saw Donald Trump rise to the presidency, according to a new report from the organization Teaching Tolerance. The report cited more than 2,500 specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that it said can be directly traced to election rhetoric, including assaults on both students and teachers and acts of vandalism depicting hate symbols and speech.

Nov 17

Take the Pledge: Safe Learning Environments for Every Student

Schools should be havens. But right now, many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. You can help address this issue by signing this pledge: “I will stand up and I will speak up for my students, so that they all have a safe and affirming learning environment. I will take action with NEA so that EVERY student feels welcome and safe at school.”

Nov 11

‘The best thing we can do is be there for our students’

The election of Donald Trump as president has left many schoolchildren hurt and scared about their futures, and in many cases they are turning to their teachers for direction and support. “I’m going to tell them that nothing is going to change overnight,” said Robert Ellis, a first-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in Richmond, California. “I want them to feel safe. As educators, that’s what we do in difficult times.”

Oct 21

Trump’s threats to reject election results undermine classroom teaching

“In 13 years of teaching, I have never witnessed such heated, hate-filled rhetoric from the campaign trail,” said Joe Judge, who teaches social studies at Albia Community High School in Albia, Iowa. “Donald Trump says he may not accept the election results. That irresponsible and unprecedented threat undoes everything we teach in social studies and civics classes about what it means to be a democracy. Reckless language like that is never OK, and it undermines what we are trying to teach in the classroom to our students.”

Oct 19

Eau Claire class finds presidential race a touchy, and sometimes inappropriate, topic

Like teachers throughout the nation, Eau Claire middle school teacher Brent Wathke is struggling with how to talk with his students about the ugliness of this year’s presidential election. In a feature article in the New York Times, Wathke says the tenor of the campaign – from candidate debates to television ads to news coverage to editorial cartoons – has often crossed the line and fallen into the category of being inappropriate. “We self-censor a lot,” said Connor Felton, 12. “I think if you repeat some stuff that Trump says, you could get sent down to the principal’s office. Maybe even expelled.”

Oct 03

NEA campaign highlights the “Trump Effect,” linking Trump to rise in school bullying

The National Education Association announced Monday the launch of a digital and direct mail campaign to raise awareness about the harmful effects of Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on America’s schoolchildren. “The rise in vitriolic speech in classrooms and the anxiety this causes for some of our most vulnerable students shows that Trump’s rhetoric is far more damaging than previously imagined,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

Oct 03

Resources for reducing bullying in your classroom

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and so we are sharing tips for how you can reduce bullying in your classroom and school. At the KidsCanHaveFun.com website we found some “stop bullying” activities with anti-bullying posters, signs, labels, stickers and worksheets for kids to display at school, home and daycare. At SimpleK12.com, we found tips for how educators can take charge of controlling and minimizing bullying in your classroom. Also, the NEA has a tried and true Bully Free website resource filled with tips and resources for combatting bullying.