Tag Archive: bullying

Oct 30

Teachers’ mental health declining due to job stress, political discourse, survey finds

The growing stresses of teaching, coupled with the coarseness of the nation’s political debate, is taking a heavy toll on the mental health of teachers, according to a survey released Monday by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association, a grassroots organization focused on social justice. Well over half of the educators surveyed – 58% – said their mental health was “not good” for seven or more of the previous 30 days. That is up from 34% just two years ago. The summary of the survey – titled “2017 Educator Quality of Work Life Survey” – says safe, welcoming, healthy schools flourish when teachers and school staff are empowered by support and respect on the job.

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.

Apr 18

Kenosha educators examine ways to keep classrooms safe and inclusive

The Kenosha Education Association is always looking for ways to provide opportunities to both educators and students that make them feel appreciated for who they are and prepared to take on challenges they face in and outside of the classroom. With a sudden increase of bullying incidents at some of the schools, KEA recognized there was a need to educate its members about how to keep their classrooms a safe and inclusive space for their students. As a result, KEA collaborated with GSAFE Wisconsin, an organization whose mission is to create just schools for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin, to host an exclusive, members only workshop to help attendees learn how to navigate an oftentimes sensitive topic.

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 21

How to respond to incidents of racism, bullying and hate in schools

Schools should be havens. But right now, many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. Here are some steps you can take to respond to incidents of hateful words, actions and images and make sure your students feel welcome, supported and valued.

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 20

Wauwatosa school social worker ‘helped me AND the bully’

It’s Bully Prevention Month, and in a video from Save Our Schools Wauwatosa, 5th grade student Liberty talks about being bullied and how the school’s social worker helped both Liberty and bully get back on track: “I work with a social worker because I used to be bulled a lot, but the social worker helped me AND the bully.”

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.

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