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Minnesota?s Anti-Bullying Statute: Weakest in the Nation, Slated for Revision

  1. Dec 13, 2011 #1
    I’ve been saying it for a while now, but a new report by the U.S. Department of Education confirms that Minnesota’s anti-bullying statute is the weakest of the forty-six states it analyzed (four states, however, lacked state-wide polices altogether). *At … Continue reading →http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=virtualnavigator.wordpress.com&blog=11498882&post=787&subd=virtualnavigator&ref=&feed=1

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  3. Dec 13, 2011 #2
    Can you really stop bulling though legislation or does this just make the school the bully instead of the kids?
  4. Jan 28, 2012 #3
    The fact of the matter is, they’re children and adolescents, NOT ADULTS. They think and act like children and adolescents. Current research on brain development tells us that the frontal lobe of the brain (the part responsible for judgment and reasoning) surges in growth at about age 11 and isn’t done until about age 24. So, when we ask a youth why they ride a skate board down a railing without a helmet, no matter what they say, the answer is the same as to why someone would send their nude pictures through the phone or over the internet. They have not yet developed the judgment and reasoning to know and understand that it may be unsafe for them.
  5. Feb 1, 2012 #4
    But then there are many adults that do questionable things. Just looking at the foreign policies of a few nations, it all seems more like schoolyard bully politics being played at the highest level. I don't think kids are as dumb as we make them out to be. They see the hypocrisy of adults and laugh at the whole "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude. Plus, we have a culture that celebrates aggressive winners, which is why people could loudly boo a presidential candidate that mentions the golden rule in a debate.

    Personally, I'd like to see more emphasis put on engineering innovative incentives for good behavior. For example, create a Social Activity Points game where students race to collect points from teachers, staff and local groups by doing proactive tasks (community clean up, local marketing, class participation, reporting bullies, etc.). At the end of each quarter, they can trade in their points for gift certificates (funded by local businesses that benefit from the publicity and marketing). The goal should be to keep the students so busy with constructive activity (studying, sports, clubs or social points race) that they don't waste it by getting into trouble.
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