Today we had a homeroom lesson that was centered on bullying - a topic that remains huge in school. There are always issues with bullying in school, whether teachers, or students, can see them or not. My students in homeroom happen to be 8th graders. From their pedestal-like view of life, they don't see much bullying. But, with very little discussion they admit that it is out there, they just aren't as often the targets of it anymore.
Why are students so slow and disinterested in dealing with bullying on campus? Why do they see it as a non-problem? I was bullied as a student in school and it haunts me to this very day. Maybe my students just accept that "it is what it is" and they don't see a better choice? But, I don't accept that and I plan to look for a new path to educate them on the dangers of it and what we, as a community, can do to curve its existence and effect.