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.
Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who can’t teach, get suspended or fined.
That’s what a Rutgers professor and two South Carolina colleges learned recently.
Professor and prominent anthropologist Robert Trivers told his class that he was looking forward to learning the material along with them, because he was unfamiliar with it, to earn his suspension. The two South Carolina colleges assigned books with homosexual themes, prompting the state legislature to withdraw tens of thousands of dollars of funding.
High schools often host prom after-parties to try to give teens something to do besides what the popular kids are going to do. The problem, of course, is that those events cost money, so the schools hold fundraisers.
That’s the case for Brunswick High School in Ohio, but now they’re in hot water for how they’re trying to raise money.
Angry parents, residents, and groups have been planning protests in response to the school’s scheduled event of donkey ball.
This week, the education of America’s youth continues in a more direct fashion, at an elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Uintah Elementary, like many area schools, has an electronic payment system for school lunches, so parents can load up their kid’s account from home and the account is credited when the child receives the lunch. The kids thus learn the valuable lesson of credit cards being free money.
And bullies have to learn new ways to get nerds’ lunch money.
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 →
Sometimes it seems as though the world is made of outrage and bad decisions. It’s the perfect environment for good satire. The classic example is Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, which was written when the wealthy were coming up with radical solutions to the problem of the poor (as well as England’s general attitude toward the Irish being generally hostile). A Modest Proposal outlined a solution of preparing the children of the poor as meals for the wealthy, thus reducing poverty and raising money through the extravagance of the meals. It mocked the bad decisions of the time and generated outrage, which could be turned from the satire to the real issues.
Now Louisiana’s Sabine Parish School Board has upgraded the level at which satire operates by turning it into a live performance art piece. Continue reading →