Thursday, December 02, 2010
adult bullying in schools
As I worked in the shop I listened to a program on NPR about bullying in schools. That is a hot topic these days, with the problems being acknowledged as widespread and extremely harmful. But most are talking about peer on peer bullying. There are adult forms of bullying that are sanctioned by our school systems and that have devastating effect to children's feelings of self-worth and dignity. It is a topic schools will rarely discuss, and adult bullies often are allowed to stay on the job for years. It can be too disruptive to fire them mid year, even if an administrator cared about the situation. And still another form of bullying is that of our school wide failure to acknowledge and encourage the full range of human intelligences. It is often thought that shop classes are for dummies. And in our failure to acknowledge the intelligences involved, we inflict nearly irreparable harm to kids on both sides of the academic divide. It is not a happy set of circumstances. But make, fix, create. There are interpersonal challenges that we overcome when we discover our own creative alignment with the universe.