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Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis Paperback – September 25, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
“Potent and provocative.”
“Moving and touching… Bully forces you to confront…the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole.”
“A documentary as vivid as any horror film, as heartbreaking as any Oscar-worthy drama.”
“The film’s cumulative force is considerable.”
“An insightful and moving documentary…By presenting an intimate glimpse into the dark heart of cruelty, the film hopes to inspire substantive discussion among parents, children, and educators on how to deal with this dire and insidious problem.”
"The text deals honestly and realistically with the bullying that is so pervasive in American schools...An excellent resource for educators...Readers who have seen the film will no doubt be interested to discover where its bullied children are now, but the text can also be read as an informative stand-alone resource."
"A valuable resource that will help empower communities to deal with this deadly social plague."
"Bully not only gives additional insight into the family stories portrayed so poignantly and sensitively in the film, but it also supplies the tools to help readers become activists in a community-wide effort to end bullying...with the book Bully: An Action Plan in hand, ignorance and helplessness are no longer excuses for not becoming involved in ending the bullying tragedies. "
Top Customer Reviews
I've purchased 30 books so far that we have been getting into the libraries at schools and for loan at martial arts studio.
the DVD is available for preorder now as well, and you can request a screening of the bully movie through tugg.com if like me there weren't any close enough.
However, I was somewhat disappointed with the action plan. Like most approaches to bullying, many of the steps seem to imply that kids don't know they are being mean and if they did they would just stop. Kids already know the difference between mean and nice. They bully because there are social payoffs for bullying, as considerable research has shown. In a lot of settings, bullying actually makes the bullies more popular. I have seen many parents and teachers collude with or even encourage bullying.
Existing bullying prevention is not very effective. We need innovative science to figure out how to address this problem. Increasing adult monitoring at hotspots such as buses and cafeterias is one good idea (check out the Shifting Boundaries program by Bruce Taylor and colleagues). Bus drivers cannot safely drive and monitor all of the children behind them at the same time. If this country were committed to reducing bullying, there would be two adults on every school bus.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have the book and the movie. All parents should see or read this in order to help their child out. (Parents are either truly clueless about this or don't know how to help.)Published 21 months ago by Michael potter
This book was helpful in teaching our young students. It is a good book but we are still reading it and implementing it. Twenty is a lot of words to write.Published on September 8, 2013 by Karen Estes
This action plan is a must read for anyone who wants to help in educating about Bullying. The move is incredible as a teaching tool but to continue the conversation this is a great... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by WRRY
I've been using this for Professional Development in my school. It gives new tools for teachers, administrators and parents to combat this terrible modern day problem.Published on August 15, 2013 by Robert Feldman