As a teacher, I see bullying as a huge issue for our children, but we need to
stop blaming the schools. Bully prevention starts in the home. Most kids who
are bullies have parents who are bullies. It is very difficult to change a
behavior that has been learned and reinforced at home. I am never surprised
when one of my students bullies other kids, and the parent comes in and
"bullies" me or the principal. Let't start putting the blame where
it belongs: with the people who should be teaching their kids, the parents.
Schools are constantly trying to clean up messes made by a bad home life. Stop
blaming teachers and schools, and start thanking them for how much they actually
do. It isn't easy to deal with a child who is abused, neglected, or is
without a good role model. We do our best. We are teachers because we love
children and want to make a difference.
As a Tooele County resident, I am ashamed to concur with this article, at least
in my experience. The administration, both at the District level as well within
the schools themselves are by and large sub standard. With the new
Superintendent (who seems like a great hire) hopefully change will happen.
@concernedteacher:I don't believe anyone is blaming the schools
or teachers for the bullying itself, but for their sometimes tepid or
nonexistent response to the problem. It's simply unacceptable for the
school administrators to throw up their hands and say, "It's not our
fault." Crime is not the fault of law enforcement, either, but we expect
our officers to take prompt and meaningful action to stop and punish crime.
Same with schools in Tooele or elsewhere. Ignoring the parents' concerns
and not keeping them apprised of what steps are being taken to address the
bullying is just plain wrong.
And to think, when people say that they are homeschooling their kids, they are
often asked about how they are going to "socialize" their kids? If this
is the social interaction that kids get at school, I will happily keep my kids
safe with homeschool.