COME SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES!
Socrates was bullied throughout his childhood and youth for being short, homely, and slow of speech: he was scorned as "The Frog". But as a mature philosopher, he bested intellectual bullies with reason and wit.
Inspired by him, we will explore the phenomenon of Bullying in our lives, in our culture, and in our media -- and we will consider which are the most promising policies and preventive measures.
- What personal experiences have you had with bullying? (Have you been bullied...witnessed bullying? ...or have you bullied?)
- What are the attitudes towards bullying of your culture or nationality? ("Boys will be boys." "It's only teasing." "Rite of passage.") Do you see any connections between bullying, and any characteristics of American culture or society?
- Have you been impressed by any depictions or discussions of bullying on TV, in movies, or on the Internet (such as the bus monitor in Greece, NY, bullied by students, or Jillian Jensen on the "X Factor")?
- How might you react if you found yourself in a situation in which bullying was occurring? (A challenging situation will be presented for discussion.)
- What public approaches to preventing bullying do you favor: legislative, educational, advocacy, messages in popular culture and media, or...?
Suggested Readings (optional):
Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center: The End of Bullying Begins with You
and Stop Bullying