However, it's important that we not forget.. children are PEOPLE and deserving of respect just as are adults. I don't subscribe to the idea that any show of childhood aggression is bullying. But I won't deny that it definitely happens more than it should. I also believe that kids learn aggression from adults around them and that one of the ways to combat it is to teach kids not that they are a special and unique snowflake, but they ARE a human being and worthy of respect, of both their peers and adults around them.
Case in point:
I let out a pretty good string of obscenities when I read a story about a Phys. Ed. teacher in Wyoming who handed out 'Hurt-Feeling' reports that asked those filling out the report if they were 'thin-skinned, a pussy, a little bitch' and so forth. Not only did these report use a wide plethora of extremely misogynist and homophobic language to describe the kid reporting the incident (because, you know.. only girls and gays have feelings... feelings that get hurt) he refers to the person being complained against as a 'Real Man'.
Of course, because Real Men taunt and torment and tease others in their constant quest to be the Alpha, the manliest of manly men.
Stuff like this is why I get my panties in a bunch sometimes when people discuss childhood bullying and abuse - and make no mistake, THIS is a bullying tactic, through and through. It's hard to break through the idea that adults just don't give a shit when there are assholes like this in the teaching profession. I was bullied as a kid, for a good year at least, and later in other instances and I never told anyone. If a kid like me, with a supportive family and half-decent teachers wouldn't seek out adult intervention, what hope do kids have who have to depend on this jackhole?
By the way, Baldy McScaryPants was reprimanded for the forms and ... um.. demoted, I guess?... from Phys Ed. coach to...
... get this...
A MOTHERLOVING GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR.
|"HELP ME HELP YOU.. TO NOT BE SUCH A WHINY LITTLE BITCH!!" Dear Gord, send it back to Hell.|
God help the kid that comes for guidance who happens to be a girl, or gay, or both.
It makes me sad that there are dedicated honest people waiting for teaching jobs while this dude is probably setting up a whole new generation of Columbine kids with apathy and hatred.
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