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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New York City School Administrators Should be Turned in for Bullying Parents and Students

The anti-bullying campaign has taken hold in public schools with Facebook and Britney Spears lending assistance in advertising the administration's message.

The President has taken a lead in this campaign for children to learn how to be nice to each other:

Perhaps school administrators should practice what they preach as they are apparently trying to make students' and parents' lives difficult when and if the administrators are challenged.

Is it okay to send a child home because he wears an American flag (because it might hurt someone's feelings) but permissible for administrators have a child wear a T-Shirt with the saying "Not Yet", suggesting he wasn't "ready" to be integrated back into his class? Maybe this was a literary example of explaining the 'Scarlet Letter' and visual methods of scorn to the other students.

But good news! States are attempting to make certain bullying doesn't occur in public schools. The Nevada Legislature is set to vote on anti-bullying curriculum fashioned from an anti-bullying New Jersey law already enacted.

Apparently adults need to know how to practice and teach the "Golden Rule" because of legislation. Do you remember that ethical code that made you learn how to regulate your behavior? This moral code did not need to clutter up precious curriculum time:

The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code, or morality that essentially states either of the following:

  1. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive form)
  2. One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative/prohibitive form, also called the Silver Rule)

Personal morality isn't expected these days, now it is legislated. Will the threat of legislation and enforced curriculum teach these adults they will be under the threat of expulsion if they continue with their bullying tactics against students and parents? The New York school administrators should not expect behavior from their students they can't/don't practice themselves.

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