Wednesday, October 9, 2013

News You Can't Use: Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?

The best way to solve a problem is with "programs," assuming meetings are off the table as an option. To make the program super-powerful and a guaranteed success, involve the government. This is how we ended drug abuse, irresponsible sex and how we're currently defeating "bullying." Soon the meek will literally inherit the earth.

A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message.

Well, it's easier than teaching fractions or something. Lowest common denominators? Nah, let's watch an hour-long video with some of your favorite fading celebrities explaining that the toilet is for your waste, not your classmate's heads.

It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.

Leave it to "data" to ruin all the comforting feel-goods.

He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.

Cue "Price is Right" loser horns.

The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.

Obviously we're simply not throwing enough money at the problem.

The student videos used in many campaigns show examples of bullying and how to intervene. But Jeong says they may actually teach students different bullying techniques — and even educate about new ways to bully through social media and texting.

"And now that you know what a Rear Admiral is...don't do it."

Of course we get our obligatory lame reference to "social media" because digitized pictures of food on undersized screens is such an exciting new frontier.

Jeong said students with ill intentions “…are able to learn, there are new techniques [and gain] new skills.” He says students might see examples in videos and then want to try it.

It's time to get ill. Note: this finding might not prove as strong for the planned "Yo, Math Be Dope" video series. "Bro, can't wait to try out those order of operations skills I just learned!"

He got his inspiration from a "How to Be a Safe Truck Driver" video.

According to Jeong, some programs even teach students how to bully without leaving evidence behind.

"Be sure to sand-paper off your fingerprints before you give that wet willy."

A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying.' "There has just been a massive deterioration" in the competitiveness of the generations following the boomers, said Michael Porter , head of the Harvard's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.

But our President said we were still a "Triple A" nation, no matter what so-called "facts" say. This is probably just like that.

Komment Korner   
Just look what this monster Obama as created for us in the last five and half years, nothing but madness and stupidity and misery.

I was bullied until I punche they kids teeth through his lip. Never got bullied again.

Kids aren't stupid. Even they don't like big brother putting his hobnailed jackboot on their throats.

Tell kids to not do something is only going to want them to do it more.

Aaron Zehner's first novel The Foolchild Invention is available in paperback and e-book format. Read free excerpts here and here.

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