One of the new buzz words in education these days is "Bully". It comes from the newest phase of using the internet to harrass or defame individuals and cause harm or even death. Do you tolerate hearing a new buzz word and react as if it is truly new?

How often can you listen to the same story over and over and over again and pretend you learned something each time? Revisiting old problems can certaintly warrant discussion, I just don't want to reinvent the wheel each time. I say go for the solutions. How do you get anything solved if you continue to say its a problem or deny that it is a problem? The war on terrorism was a buzz word you may remember.

Think global act local. There are many forms and degrees of bullying. Lets look at some questions to ask yourself if you feel bullied.

Where is the bullying coming from? Acts against Humanity may be happening on the opposite side of the globe from where you live. Does this cause you to build a fence, call 911, or buy a gun? Are you able to make an appropriate judgement on the threat and know how to react?

What is your ability to deal with the problem? Do you have support? Is there a sense of security for you and the ones you care for?

What is the most efficient way to prevent or tolerate a bully so that your actions sustain your personal well being? Is your actions self condemning, for example, do you react in a way that puts you or someone else in jeopardy?

Will we be able to solve our bully problems?

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Comment by Earther on December 6, 2010 at 10:06pm
Jim, how should the government treat bullying and terrorism?
Comment by Jim DePaulo on December 5, 2010 at 11:22pm
There is no consistent definition of what constitutes bulling and no solution that applies to all instances of the act. As a 30 veteran of the classroom, I agree bulling does physical and psychological damage to the victims and some are driven to suicide or murder or left with life long mental scars. But single minded approaches to complex problems are rarely, if ever, effective.
There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong.
....H. L. Mencken
Comment by Earther on December 5, 2010 at 6:21pm
I cannot see money as the big bully here. Let me explain. Money could be seen as a very appropriate and kind tool. It is the same as guns, guns do not kill, people do. The mental health of people who use these tools may cause outcomes of human behavior that is plus or minus what you want. People used to trade and barter. If you do a job such as grow food and your neighbor does a job of weaving wool into fabric, and both of you could make use of these works of labor then there is a trade at hand. Money has made the trade more efficient to the user so that fairness can be determined in how you spend it. There are plenty of criminals who would take that product unfairly whether it is a sheep or cash money.

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