Tuesday, 12 May 2009

School bullying

Notice this letter in the SMH:

The class bully

The Ascham bullying incident takes me back a few years to my son's co-educational state high school in an upmarket Sydney suburb.

Each year the school welcomed refugees from local private schools. Late on one first day of term my son chatted to a new boy who had looked unusually apprehensive and nervous all day. He confided that he had been waiting for an "initiation" ritual, such as being roughed up or having his head shoved down a toilet.

This adolescent was wide-eyed with disbelief and relief to find himself in a safe environment with no bullying and a culture of mutual respect and support. And his parents had paid for the privilege of his humiliation and trauma.

Christina Hart, Bangalow

Always been a bit puzzled at how many people assume good things about private school education, without first checking whether the one they have in mind fits their stereotype of what to expect.


John Byrnes said...

It is sad that we too often limit ourselves to the term “bullying” when bullying only represent part of a continuum of aggression. It is only when we consider the entire continuum that we can identify an individual’s (any individuals regardless of age, gender, culture, education or hierarchy) emerging aggression, which research has shown as the only effective means to identify a shooter, suicide or otherwise. If you would like to know more, let me encourage you to read a new free white paper, which outline the problems in our schools and a possible real solution. We can and must prevent these events, not merely react to them. For a comprehensive look at the problem in schools and its solution, http://www.aggressionmanagement.com/White_Paper_K-12/

Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

How true. It's also true that people are willing to jump on any bandwagon that passes them and write letters to the Herald about the woes of life! I suffered tremendous bullying at one private (Catholic) boys' school, but when I went to the next private school it had a terrific counselling service that was Christian-focussed. I was treated really well there... I reckon if I were in a public school at the time I wouldn't have had that protection.