In the interview she noted the significance of my own educational experience and ways I moved through the education system and am now creating positive change. She also stated she is thrilled to know that there are beginning to be active School Board Presidents who really understand children. Here are the highlights of the discussion about Preventing Bullying in Schools.
How bullying happens and what needs to be done about it. The problem is so much more extensive than people thought.
The Issue of Bullying is another way of talking about Violence.
We focus on Violence and Peace Building.
The new element that is bringing bullying to the forefront is the proliferation of Bystanders and the Ugly use of Digital Technology and The Internet to make bullying spread faster and farther than it has in the past.
When No one intervenes the situations get so out of control that they end up being in the media and causing serious problems for families and communities. Sometimes the end result is suicide. This needs to stop.
Are we fighting an uphill battle?
Could be, but through our observation of youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and many School Districts around the country most young people are doing the right thing. 3/4 of young people are on task and on the right track to provide a positive future for themselves. Then there's that 25% that the media is always highlighting, we always hear about the issues, challenges, and struggles.
When we go to schools and communities and start asking questions and creating dialogue around Peace Building, the young people are ready for it, and take over the conversation themselves. They come up with all the ideas and ways that they can have a more safe and welcoming environment in their schools and in their communities.
Youth don't want to be in a place that they think doesn't feel safe for them or anyone else. So the students are our allies.
Young people have lots of issues and challenges. It's our experience when doing Youth Work, and Social Justice Work, and asking youth about what their main concerns are, Violence is usually at the top of the list. Our teens have many ideas and are ready to strategize with caring adults to create an atmosphere of Peace and Productivity. Academic as well as social support helps them thrive at school. They feel like mentors are as important as tutors are to their future success. Adults and youth together carry the responsibility of fostering Peace in our schools and communities.
Hear the entire radio show here... http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/89995