- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1602861846
- ISBN-13: 978-1602861848
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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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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This companion book to the documentary film Bully was edited by filmmaker Hirsch and writer/producer Lowen, with contributing chapters by a number of celebrities, authors, experts, government officials, and educators. Part homage to the film, part resource, the book interweaves the stories of children who have been bullied with practical information and advice for parents and other readers. Like the film, which presents an uncensored, real-life portrayal of what it's like to be a bullied child, the text deals honestly and realistically with the bullying that is pervasive in American schools (13 million children will be bullied this year, the authors claim). While some chapters are more focused on the film itself, others zero in on such topics as bullying and children with autism spectrum disorders or learning disabilities. Particularly useful for parents are the chapters written by educational psychologist/author Michele Borba and clinical psychologist Peter Sheras, which provide a crash course on how to know if a child is being bullied and what to do about it. The text is also an excellent resource for educators; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, pens a particularly insightful chapter. 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. (Nov.)
“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.”
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"A valuable resource that will help empower communities to deal with this deadly social plague."
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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.
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.