Why Do We Still Not Take Bullying Seriously?

It is time we give bullying the attention it deserves in our classrooms

Bullying can have serious consequences for the health and well-being of children.
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I try to be a good teacher. Compassionate. Understanding. Encouraging. But I am also human. Sometimes I lose my shit. I have noticed one thing that can make me lose my shit more than others. It is witnessing bullying among my students.

I know why. It is because it tears open a big wound from my own childhood. Every time.

After 16 years of teaching, I conclude that our stance on bullying in society has not improved much.

But it must change. Bullying causes trauma. Whether we like to admit it or not.

Unfortunately, we still shy away from taking our responsibilities to protect our children. And we still make a lot of excuses. Here are some of them.

Bullying Among Children Always Happened. 

It is an argument I still hear from colleagues from time to time. And it is a bullshit argument.

There are a lot of things we thought were normal once. Like putting lead in our paint. Or drinking on the job. There was a time when we did not put on a seatbelt when we drive.

But we don’t do it anymore. Because we LEARNED about the negative consequences. So we decided to do something to stop it.

Maybe the research wasn’t so clear on the negative effects of bullying when I was a kid 30 years ago.

But it sure is now. So we can only use this argument as a lame excuse for not taking our responsibilities as adults.

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Alex

Alex

My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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