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Discussion Board #9 "Bully, Bully"


Read the attached article "Bully, Bully" Bully(1).docx

  • What is the main idea of this article? (Topic + the author’s message = main idea)
  • Which argument do you feel is most effective in supporting his point of view? What details or examples are given to support this point
  • This article talked a lot about what defines “bullying” in schools. Why do you believe “bullying” is such a hot topic today? How would you define “bullying?”
  • List additional arguments/support that is not included in the article that would support or refute the author’s point.

Blog #5

Now that you have read an article related to bullying, you will watch the TED Talk presentation by Shane Koyczan "To This Day... For the Bullied and the Beautiful."

  • What is the point Shane is trying to get across?
  • What part of his presentation stood out to you the most and why? Explain.
  • What do you think needs to be done to prevent bullying?

Post must be free of all spelling/grammatical errors

Due Date: Thursday June 29, 2017 11:59 p.m. pacific time

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Bully, Bully John Leo John Leo, staff writer for U.S. News and World Report, offers his observations on the currently hotbutton issue of bullying in the United States. Focusing on definitions in a national study, he argues that rumors and dirty looks and putting up with horrible classmates are all part of growing up and should not be classified as bullying. Do Gossip and Rumors Count as Punishable Behavior? Now we have a big national study on bullying, and the problem with it is right there in the first paragraph: Bullying behavior may be “verbal (e.g. name-calling, threats), physical (e.g. hitting), or psychological (e.g., rumors, shunning/exclusion).” Uh-oh. The study may or may not have put bullying back on the map as a major national issue. But it rather clearly used a dubious tactic: taking a lot of harmless and minor things ordinary children do and turning them into examples of bullying. Calling somebody a jerk and spreading rumors counted as bullying in the study. Repeated teasing counted too. You achieved bully status if you didn’t let the class creep into your game of catch, or if you just stayed away from people you didn’t like (shunning/exclusion). With a definition like that, the total children involved in either bullying or being bullied themselves ought to be around 100 percent. But no, the bullying study says only 29.9 percent of the students studied reported frequent or moderate involvement-and that total was arrived at by lumping bullies and their victims together in the statistics. Debatable Definitions The low numbers and highly debatable definitions undercut the study’s conclusion that bullying is a “serious problem for U.S. youth.” Of the 29.9 figure, 13.0 percent were bullies, 10.6 percent were targets of bullying, and 6.3 percent were both predators and victims. The study done by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, is based on 15, 686 questionnaires filled out by students in grades six through 10 in public and private schools around the country. We have seen the statistical blending of serious and trivial incidents before. The American Association of University Women produced a 1993 report showing that 80 percent of American students have been sexually harassed, including a hard-to-believe 76 percent of all boys. The AAUW go the numbers up that high by including glances, gestures, gossip, and naughty jokes. The elastic definition encouraged schools and courts to view many previously uncontroversial kinds of expression as sexual harassment. Before long, schools were making solemn lists of harassing behaviors that included winking, and calling someone “honey.” Another set of broad definitions appeared when zero tolerance policies descended on the schools. Antidrug rules were extended to cover aspirin. Anti-weapons regulations covered a rubberknife used in a school play. Just two months ago, a third grader in Monroe, La., was suspended for drawing a picture of G.I. Joe. Now the anti-bullying movement is poised to provide a third source of dubious hyper regulation of the young. One anti-bullying specialist says “hard looks” and “stare- downs”-everyday activities for millions of hormone-driven adolescents-should be punishable offenses under student codes. This has all the makings of an anti-bullying crusade with many of the same wretched excesses of the zero-tolerance and anti harassment campaigns. Serious bullying can be ugly. Parents and schools should stop it and punish offenders. And schools should do whatever they can to create a culture of civility and tolerance. But rumors and dirty looks and putting up with horrible classmates are a part of growing up. So are teenage tendencies to form cliques and snub people now and then. Adults shouldn’t faint when they see this behavior, or try to turn it into quasi-criminal activity. Another pitfall: in focusing on gossip, rumors, and verbal offenses, the crusade has the obvious potential to infringe on free speech at schools. Will comments like “I think Catholicism is wrong,” or “I think homosexuality is a sin,” be turned into anti-bullying offenses? The crusade could also demonize those who bully, instead of helping them change. Some of the anti-bullying literature circulating in Europe is hateful stuff. One screed calls “the serial bully” glib, shallow, evasive, incapable of intimacy, and a practiced liar who “displays a seemingly limitless demonic energy.” Yet a lot of the academic literature reports that bullies often aren’t very psychologically different from their victims. And the national study says a fifth of bullying victims are bullies themselves. The example of Europe’s more advanced anti-bullying crusade should make Americans cautious. The European campaign has expanded from schools into the adult world and the workplace. Several nations are considering anti-bullying laws, including Britain. Definitions are expanding too. A proposed anti-bullying law in Portugal would make it illegal to harass workers by giving them tasks for which they are overqualified. Deliberately giving employees erroneous information would count as bullying too. Ireland’s anti-bullying task force came up with a scarily vague definition of bullying: “repeated inappropriate behavior, direct or indirect,” which could lead to “reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work.” Imagine what the American litigation industry could do with wording like that. It’s time to stop and ask” Where is our anti-bullying campaign going? ...
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Discussion Board Response and Ted Talk Response
In the article Bully, Bully, John Leo takes on a recent study that expanded the definition
of bullying to include verbal name-calling, physical, for instance, hitting and psychological
rumors and exclusion. Leo holds that the study took harmless and minor things that are part of
childhood and turned them into examples of bullyin...

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