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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fighting Bullying

Yesterday, I spent my afternoon reading The Stranger while overlooking Elliott Bay and enjoying some absolutely gorgeous weather. (I'm spending the first half of my break in my favorite US city, Seattle.)

In The Stranger, I found a tremendously moving article on the bullying of LGBT kids in schools. I could not recommend reading it enough.

The article struck home with me because my staff, particularly the 11th grade, has really struggled with bullying this year. As a teacher, it's often one of the last things I worry about when I'm caught up thinking about curriculum, other behavioral problems, and parent communication. But its ability to impact a school's community is absolutely tremendous.

         

The article highlights the It Gets Better project, which I hadn't previously been aware of.

If you're a parent, student, or teacher, I strongly encourage you to take some time reading the article in the stranger and investigating the project.

Also, if you know of other projects like this, please leave them in the comments section.

5 comments:

  1. Actually, I was thinking it was funny that you'd be reading Camus on vacation, but that an existentialist take on bullying would be an interesting change of pace.

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  2. Apple just released their "It Gets Better" video on April 13th. I thought it was well done, though I love the message of all the videos that have been released thus far:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYqsaJk_U8

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  3. The Googlers entry in this project was inspiring:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYLs4NCgvNU

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  4. I had the same thought as Tom.

    Jonathan

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  5. Thanks for sharing! These are all really powerful.

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