Teaching Bullies tackles subject matter that NEEDS to be discussed by parents, schools and ultimately lawmakers.
on October 14, 2015
The author explores the power teachers and coaches have over our youth and the damage that can be done when that power is abused. Emotional or verbal abuse is hard for anyone to fend off but children are particularly vulnerable and as such need to be more protected by society. The author makes this issue tangible for the reader by using her own personal experiences both as a teacher and as a parent. She tells the story of how ongoing verbal abuse endured by high school athletes (and her own son) at the school where she herself was a teacher was dismissed despite the concerted efforts of parents and in particular 14 courageous student-athletes who came forward to document their experiences. Teaching Bullies, well researched but still very accessible, explores the vulnerability of the adolescent brain and the permanent damage that this type of abuse can lead to .
Having personally experienced (from my own teenage years) the negative power and influence teachers can have over their students and the resulting scars that can be left I highly recommend this book and hope it initiates greater awareness and in the end positive change to the justice system.