Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Nice essay. Interesting and disturbing subject.
Bullying can be observed in most all higher order mammals - it can easily be seen in horses, for example, if one is around enough of them. The Lord of the Flies demostrates the point, to a rather exagerated extreme, that the "bully humans" of the human species can be "made" to behave in a civil manner by civil society. They may not think civil thoughts, but they will behave civilly. Bullying is not a result of anything other than a breakdown in civilized society. It isn't a result of amoral, ill-mannered, nasty people...such people have ALWAYS been among us and always will be. However, if a bully of any species is allowed to attack another w zero consequences, then, not surprisingly, they will do it again. It is the removal of the "consequence" that allows bullies to bully.
Kids shouldn't be afraid to turn in a bully, nor should they have to! Where are their parents, btw? And, it isn't due to lack of funding to the department of ed that is to blame for the vast reduction in "consequences"; the cost per student in this country is higher than anywhere in the world. They don't need more staff to hang out in the office over the crockpot and gossip, that won't solve it - but they WILL take advantage of the "problem" and ask for more funding and grant money for "bully prevention", and probably get it! And, a spare crockpot, too! Which is, just another sort of amorality, and is exactly why bullying will only get worse -count on it.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.