NOTE: This doesn’t go for all that work in the education system. There are many kick-ass teachers and administrators that do a great job and I appreciate them.
Students today face so many challenges in school.
They must deal with decades old textbooks (if they have them at all), disgruntled teachers (some not all), peer pressure and the everyday ordeal of being a kid in 2018.
Now the biggest challenge they face is being bullied. Sometimes it’s whether to join in with the rest of the crowd or risk being the one getting the negative attention.
We’ve all seen what happens when it gets to be too much for these students. It’s become so the norm that children today practice active shooter drills like they would a fire or a tornado drill.
But what if someone had stepped up to the plate before then? Like a responsible adult should.
How is it that school systems can set aside time to train teachers to be human shields in an active shooter situation but can’t find the time to teach them skills to look for the signs of students being bullied, bullying on the playground or unhealthy peer interactions?
So, what do you say to the child that has been kicked and stomped in the locker room after those who did it don’t receive any real consequences?
What do you say to the kid being cyberbullied online and it continues into the classroom?
What do you say to the kid that is being talked about by other classmates, who tells the teacher and is told to “Just go play. Don’t worry about it” or “I’m not dealing with that today,”?
Eventually it boils over and that kid decides to strike first instead of being struck. Then what? Who do you really blame in this situation? Punishing that child doesn’t help. It just shows that you as an administrator don’t care about their wellbeing but instead their actions.
Dare I compare it to punishing the victim of a crime for putting themselves in that situation.
I’m sure, as an administrator or teacher, if it were your child you’d feel a different way.
Perhaps alternatives can be reached.
Surely if you can come up with a plan for two unarmed teachers to rush a gunman, getting two elementary children to agree to disagree can’t be as hard, right?
I mean that was the purpose of going to school for how many ever years, right?
Let’s try something.
Imagine if that teacher helped students understand each other, their beliefs and viewpoints instead of dismissing them.
Imagine if that administrator stopped giving out suspensions and looked at the root of what caused the incidents that led to said suspensions or disciplinary actions.
Imagine if our academic leaders focused just as much on making holistically healthy, productive children instead of making the grade on standardized testing and keeping federal funding.
Or perhaps others should just replace those that can’t bring about results.
I’m Just Saying.