The Bully Lessons   3 comments

On the first day of school, my fourth grader complained that they’d had “another dumb assembly on bullies.”

“Do you have bullies at your school?” I asked.


Today, the first day of the second week of school, my fourth grader complained that they’d had “another dumb team meeting.”

“What’s a team meeting?” I asked.

“That’s when we sit in a circle and talk about walking in the hall better.”

Walking in the hall better?!”

“And a dumb, creepy lady comes in and says we can come and talk to her whenever we have problems with bullies, which nobody has,” he said.


I have a problem with this on so many levels.  First of all, why are they having repeated, ad-nauseum lessons on bullying while they cannot do their multiplication tables or long division without 99% of the training coming from moms like me?  Secondly, why do they have  “team meetings” when they lack time to adequately cover science, history, art, writing, cursive, literature, poetry, languages and grammar?  Third, why is there a paid position for a “creepy lady” they are supposed to learn bullying lessons from and go and talk to about their problems, when we don’t have enough salaries to go around for art and other teachers?

Why are we being told by the State Office of Education and our local and state school boards that academic rigor is increasing because of Common Core, when it simply isn’t true?  Academic rigor is being minimized and marginalized:  cursive is dropped, math is being made fuzzy (“integrated math”) literature is being pushed aside in favor of info-texts by Common Core mandate, most dramatically at high school levels, and time is being made for touchy-feeling nonacademic time waster programs that promote Obama-style social justice thinking.

Is this school or some kind of social-justice church we are sending our kids to?

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  1. It’s only going to get worse unless people like us stand up to it, take our kids elsewhere, demand better from our education leaders and begin to realize that our children’s education depends on moms and dads choosing the best alternatives to get our children out of this nasty cycle. We need to stop trusting the very people who created this awful educational mess nationwide and come up with inspired answers from new leaders.

  2. Your child is fortunate if he is unaffected by bullies. While I do agree that some programs seem a waste of time, addressing the problem of bullying is not one of them. Bullying can happen in the best of schools and is rampant in the worst of schools. It affects the student population as a whole — pebble in a pond concept. Children can be terrorized by others, and adults can be totally unaware it’s happening until a tragedy happens. By addressing bullying early, students are made aware of what it is and how they can help stop it. I probably agree with you on many issues (conservative teacher in Catholic school), but for this particular issue I can support efforts in anti-bullying education. (I’m blessed to be in a Catholic school where we can actually discuss how a Christian can speak up for those who need help. It’s hard to fathom how a public school can make a dent in the problem without discussing Christian values.)

  3. Thank you so much for your comments, Susie and ML. I just received an email from Donna Garner, a Texas educator and researcher. She said this about the bullying issue, which is much more serious than what I had previously written:

    From Donna Garner – “Fact: We know that Kevin Jennings stayed in the Obamaadministration as the Safe Schools Czar at the U. S. Dept. of Education long enough to make sure the social justice agenda (particularly homosexuality) was put into the USDOE’s 10-page manual sent to every private and public school(K-16) in America in October 2011.

    Now public schools have to have bullying policies, and many of them have given special “protection” to studentswho have sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Dallas ISD and Ft. WorthISD have written these LGBT special protections into their school policies asif to say that a child who is being bullied for being fat does not deserve thesame protection as a student who is gay.

    The policies adopted by Dallasand Ft. Worth ISD’s are meant to squelch any type of objective medicalinformation that students need to learn in their Biology and Health classesabout the unhealthy consequences of the LGBT lifestyle. (Please read“Students Losing Their Right To Express Their Opinions” – by Donna Garner – 10.27.11 —


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