Bullying and violence in schools

There is so much violence and bullying in school now that it is uncomfortable for students to attend school. They drop out the minute they turn 16. My grandson and my granddaughter both did because of bullying and violence. What can we do to change this?  As a retired teacher I am at a loss on what we can do.  Does it start at home?  Do we blame it on them or authority or us.  There is so much disrespect for authority.  Is it political?  I want to help make the change.  I taught math to the juveniles that were locked up.  There was much more respect for me in that juvenile jail than I know my peers had in public school.

Parents
  • Violence and bullying in school has escalated dramatically since I was a victim long ago. Certain politicians have made it OK to openly express hatred, racism, and xenophobia. And it seems that person's followers are far more vocal than the other side. As chris h. mentioned, parents display that behavior, and it influences their children. 

    Perhaps what is needed is to separate out the "good kids", who are in school to get an education, from the "bad kids", the ones perpetrating violence and bullying. (Sorry for the labels, but I am unsure how to differentiate the two groups otherwise.) Maybe there should be classes on how to be more empathetic and understanding of others, if such a thing is possible. I think the "bad kids" may need more understanding, one on one time, and so forth.

    I am not a parent or educator, so these suggestions may be way off base. However, we have to start somewhere, the sooner the better.

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  • Violence and bullying in school has escalated dramatically since I was a victim long ago. Certain politicians have made it OK to openly express hatred, racism, and xenophobia. And it seems that person's followers are far more vocal than the other side. As chris h. mentioned, parents display that behavior, and it influences their children. 

    Perhaps what is needed is to separate out the "good kids", who are in school to get an education, from the "bad kids", the ones perpetrating violence and bullying. (Sorry for the labels, but I am unsure how to differentiate the two groups otherwise.) Maybe there should be classes on how to be more empathetic and understanding of others, if such a thing is possible. I think the "bad kids" may need more understanding, one on one time, and so forth.

    I am not a parent or educator, so these suggestions may be way off base. However, we have to start somewhere, the sooner the better.

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