Bully Nation: Why America's Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone

Bully Nation Why America s Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone The Columbine school shooting caused the United States to ramp up the national discussion of school bullying and the hasty implementation of many new anti bullying rules and zero tolerance policies So

  • Title: Bully Nation: Why America's Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone
  • Author: Susan Eva Porter
  • ISBN: 9781557789044
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Columbine school shooting caused the United States to ramp up the national discussion of school bullying and the hasty implementation of many new anti bullying rules and zero tolerance policies Some of these policies have led to serious unintended consequences In this timely book, Susan Eva Porter, a seasoned and licensed school professional, explains how our curreThe Columbine school shooting caused the United States to ramp up the national discussion of school bullying and the hasty implementation of many new anti bullying rules and zero tolerance policies Some of these policies have led to serious unintended consequences In this timely book, Susan Eva Porter, a seasoned and licensed school professional, explains how our current bully language, school policies, and anti bully activists are trying to address the problem of school bullying in ways that actually make problems worse Some policies treat children as adults and adults as children Unnecessary strife among all parties involved, and the impeded social development of the children involved, can be a byproduct of popular policies Especially in middle school years, children are in a stage of development that involves testing boundaries and learning to relate to others They need to gain resilience that will enable them to function well as adults Bullying is often addressed in ways that arrest the social development of both the bully and the victim Porter, an expert in child development, sets a new standard for our understanding of America s approach to bullying, and how we can dramatically improve outcomes, in this easy to understand book Bully Nation should be read by school administrators, counselors, policymakers, teachers, psychologists, and parents It is a much needed analysis with common sense solutions to one of our nation s most mis addressed problems.

    One thought on “Bully Nation: Why America's Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone”

    1. Not the most outstanding book, BUT an essential perspective to consider for anyone who finds themselves in the position of creating, implementing, or parenting a child affected by an anti-bullying policy. The author, an experienced school counselor, lays out lots of problems with current thinking and language commonly used in schools. She argues that labels of "bully" and "victim" and the use of "zero-tolerance" mechanisms tends to simplify things for adults rather than do anything for the child [...]

    2. Great discussion of bullying in today's society, but the chapters on helping children learn resilience and empathy, as well as the grit approach could have been expanded on better. It was an enlightening read that I highly recommend to anyone working with adolescents, especially middle schoolers.

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