The bullfighting baby the world deserves, but not the one it needs right now

Because the world loves jokes at my expense, we are continuing with our stories involving bulls.

Because the world is a dark and unpredictable place, this time the story involves a baby.

Yes, it’s time to talk about the bullfighter who took his baby with him into the ring while putting a large, dangerous animal through its paces.

Because the world is a fascinating, ego-driven place, we know about this due to the bullfighter posting a picture of it on his Instagram account. Continue reading

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A most disturbing story: $50,000 worth of bull semen stolen

This came across the news wire a couple days ago, and it has been the most disturbing story I’ve seen in some time. The headline says it all: Someone or someones stole $50,000 worth of bull semen from a truck in California.

Except that headline doesn’t say nearly enough, which is what makes it such a troubling story.

I know, I know. There are stories of murders and rapes and the Flint water crisis and the refugee crisis. Those all seem like they’d be more troubling. But they’re not. Continue reading

Let’s stop bullying at the root

A couple months ago, we looked at how a New Zealand school was eliminating bullying.

But what’s good for the kiwis might not be good for us Americans. That’s why it’s nice to see a North Carolina school has come up with their own way to solve the bullying problem, by going right to the source.

They’re asking the bullied kid to stop being such a target.

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Man vs. Nature: The Path to Victory

Bullying, and how to stop it, has been a major topic lately. Now a school in New Zealand is making news for possibly having found the solution: eliminating safety.

Principal Bruce McLachlan of Swanson Primary School in Auckland signed up to be part of a study two years ago to see what happens when you give children more freedom at recess, but McLachlan went further and got rid of the rules altogether.

The boring, sterile playground equipment is gone, replaced by trees to climb and the “loose parts pit” full of random things like tires and a fire hose to play in. Now the kids are free to ride skateboards and scooters, explore the natural elements around them, and play something called “bullrush” which sounds like something that should be studied for concussion rates. The results showed the kids were more active, which is what was expected.

What was completely unexpected by the researchers were the number of behavioral changes shown. Continue reading