“Bullying” Has Little Resonance with Teenagers | DMLcentral

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

“Bullying” Has Little Resonance with Teenagers | DMLcentral.

Bullying has gotten a lot of attention recently. On our campus, there have been several recent events devoted to stopping and preventing bullying. This post is interesting, in that it examines the teen’s perception of the behavior labeled as “bullying” by adults.

I’m sure that many adults, and even some children and teens (particularly those who are picked on the most), understand that bullying is a problem, and understand the type of behaviors that are being referred to by this term. But I agree with the post that the majority of teens and young adults don’t really understand, and therefore ignore adult pleas. I know that the under-20 set that I know best really doesn’t get it. I also agree that technology is not the problem– it simply makes these behaviors more visible.

The idea that the problem is a lack of empathy is, I think, an accurate one. Though I really didn’t like the book Generation Me (I only made it through about 2 1/2 chapters, and felt that it was mostly complaining) and think that a lot of people fail to give the young ‘uns the credit that they are due, I do think that many young adults (as well as full-on adults) have a feeling of entitlement, which translates to a lack of ability to empathize with others.

So, this begs the question: “How do we teach children to empahize? And what do we do with teenagers and adults that have an empathy problem?”


New books for June

June 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m super excited about the books we’ve gotten in the past month. In the bunch, we have biographies, some great fiction, and bullying prevention materials. Here they are:

Borrowed Names, by Jeannine Atkins, CC PO ATKINS BORROWED 2010

Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, by Sarah Stewart Taylor, YA GN TAYLOR AMELIA 2010

Sir Charlie, by Sid Fleishchman, YA NF FLEISCHMAN SIR 2010

I and I: Bob Marley, by Tony Medina, CC BIO MEDINA I 2009

Black Elk’s Vision, by S.D. Nelson, CC BIO NELSON BLACK 2010

Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, by Marissa Moss, CC BIO MOSS SKY 2009

Zig and Wikki in Something Ate my Homework, by Nadja Spiegelman, CC FI SPIEGELMAN ZIG 2010

Love, Aubrey, by Suzanne LaFleur, YA FI LAFLEUR LOVE 2009

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, YA FI COLLINS HUNGER 2008

APA Style Manual, 6th ed., RESERVE APA MANUAL

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Teacher Guide, GEM LB3013.3 .O494 2007

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Schoolwide Guide, GEM LB3013.3 .O44 2007

Also, we now have a graphic novel section! So far, we have some authentic manga, and the entire Sandman series by Neil Gaiman! Woot!

Also also! We’ve got quite  a few new textbooks for secondary math, history and American government. Yes! Goodbye, textbooks older than I am! Hello, bright, shiney “new” (ish) textbooks! And thank you to The Mississippi Valley Area Education Agency for their annual give-away.

Teens charged after classmate’s suicide

March 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

In the last few years, there have been many reports of bullying resulting in teen and pre-teen suicides. In Massachusetts, nine teenagers are facing felony charges after a 15-year-old girl hung herself.

Some seem to blame high levels of media coverage of teen suicide with a rise in suicide rates. Others blame teen’s use of the Internet, texting, and social networking sites to extend bullying “beyond the schoolyard.” Whatever may be the case, this is a sad phenomenon.

As educators, future educators, or simply those with children or teens in your life, what do you think? What could be done differently by parents, teachers or communities to prevent more tragedy?

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