Today’s students, fairly or unfairly, possess the only hope for changing the social trends that their parents and their culture have enabled, and they need the help of teachers and other adults in order to prepare for the task.
More Than an Incident on a Bus
Originally posted on Open Salon on June 21, 2012: Some months ago I wrote about Melanie, a schoolmate of mine who was bullied mercilessly decades ago when we were in the sixth grade. Much of the abuse took place on the school bus, and I wrote about my role as an inert bystander who failed [...]
Being a Bystander Made Me a Bully
Originally posted on Open Salon on October 13, 2011: In sixth grade, I did perhaps the worst thing I could have done to or for another person—nothing. That person was a schoolmate named Melanie, and the memory of what I saw her endure that year haunts me to this day. Melanie was not ugly or [...]