Monday, July 26, 2010

NY Times Op Ed-- How to stop bullying

Local scholars agree, the only way to stop harm-doing in our schools is to go beyond the usual bullying prevention lesson plan and teach our children (and ourselves) how to stop harm-doing in the moment.

Recently Susan Engel and Marlene Sandstrom from  Williams College, co-authored an article criticizing the new MA Anti-Bullying Legislation as encouraging schools to buy "expensive anti-bullying curriculum packages, big glossy binders that look reassuring on the bookshelf and technically place schools closer to compliance with the new laws."

Engel and Sandstrom say that the "only one way to truly combat bullying... to teach children how to be good to one another, how to cooperate, how to defend someone who is being picked on and how to stand up for what is right."

All of these concepts and more are included in the Training Active Bystanders (TAB) curriculum.

For the full article go to:

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