Originally Posted by airbozo
Another reason I blame T-ball.
Questions for everyone:
When I was growing up many years ago, kids were bullied every day. I was one of them. Not once did I or any of my classmates even consider stupicide(sic), nor coming to school with a backpack full of weapons. In fact I cannot remember one of these incidents as a child, even through high school. (I am sure there was one or two). Now given, the internet and social media in particular opens you up to massive amounts of taunting because it is so easy.
So, how would you guys fix this situation _without_ paying an outside firm to monitor public posts?
Why would you use your particular resolution?
How would it affect the current generation?
Why would your resolution not work?
( I threw the last one in so each of you could be your own devil's advocate).
Coincidentally I was contemplating a way to include an alternative solution in my last post. The best idea I have is to restructure our secondary schooling curricula to include more varied and specialized routes of education. This step could possibly enable students to spend more of their learning time with like-minded individuals (and avoid those whom they don't mesh with so well), as well as provide financial efficiency to them due to the ability to begin targeted study while still taking advantage of state-sponsored education.
I believe that with earlier access to electronic resources, which the current generation is more adept at using than those before, they have more capability to find something to study that they are interested in, which could make it easier for them to excel, as well as help them gain the realization that what they learn has real world implications at a younger age. Of course it is up to the education system itself to make use of such resources, which I believe is the biggest hurdle in achieving this solution. With all of the advances schools have made along these roads, the philosophy of making sure every student partakes in every curriculum to a standardized degree is what is holding it back.
Of course this is all just pondering.
Originally Posted by perfectblade
exactly, so should we really take the stance that bullying and hazing are "ok"?
they have potential to cause psychological damage in those who are the victims, especially at a young age. and as far as the perpetrators of the bullying, if they aren't corrected, they may go on continue to act in sociopathic ways later in life. what about other forms of anti-social behavior like stealing? should kids entirely get off the hook? yeah sounds like a good life lesson for them
really their parents should be dealing with the issue, but they can't always be aware of what is going on at school. taking a laissez faire parenting strategy typically backfires and, with how the modern workforce functions, schools raise kids as much (or more, sadly) than parents who are typically overworked
I never said we should take that stance. The fact that I oppose this does not in fact lead to that conclusion. However, this question makes me think you have forgotten that children can ultimately distinguish peers from authority, and that is the real line which I feel is being crossed here. One has the capability to remove themselves from whatever peers they feel are detrimental to themselves, which is not an easy lesson to learn at a younger age, I admit, but is still an important one. In comparison, authority will always exist and is socially inescapable. So ultimately a young person is much more likely to view the authority's judgment of themselves as true than that of their peers. That is why this has the potential to be more psychologically damaging than whatever schemes their schoolmates are perpetrating (which, I just feel like mentioning, will obviously be carried out outside of the view of whatever authority figure is watching, electronic or otherwise. Kids adapt like that).
Finally, hazing is voluntary. Don't lump it with bullying.Edited by un-midas touch - 9/30/13 at 4:50pm