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 "There is no perspective when it comes to abuse. 

There is only abuse."-K.W.

 

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"Public education is being mobbed and bullied."
--Kim Werner

Click here for your state's model "Bullying and Harassment" policy!

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A Piece Full World's goal is to end bullying in our schools.  When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....

A Piece Full World.

Click "No Place for Hate!" The Anti-Defamation League has terrific resources for creating a school wide bullying prevention program!

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"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."
--Gandhi
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"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."  
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement 
 
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"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

Horace Mann

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Click here for U.R.A.J.E.R.K: A humorous play starring Mr. Bully Boss and Captain Effective Leader.

 
 
 
 
School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of (School District's name), regardless of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

 

 

 School Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives of the (School District's name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.


 Incredulity.  Head shaking.  Laughing and amazed...  Head shaking again.  


Bullying.  How ridiculous to start in classrooms with bullying prevention! How inept an operation is that!?  We encourage children to "Do the Right Thing". We chastise them when they've hurt others' feelings, yet, school districts across the nation are led by bullying and brutish men and women.  They're not doing right things.  They're hurting feelings. They're not only hurting teachers' careers...they're destroying them.

Cities, too, are led by bullying people.  One of my district's "biggest whigs" is now, for example, mayor of an affluent city.  She's got real power--both in a school district and in a municipality. Certainly I've seen the effects of that power in a school district.  She's second in command to my superintendent--in charge of hiring and firing employees; sits right up front at school board meetings and soaks in the admiration of her underlings. 

She's also a really close friend of two of my former principals and the counselor at my former school.  She's opened many doors for her friends.  She's also kept the doors of justice--all actions against them unfounded--shut. 

Simply put, she protects her friends.

Man, oh man, I wish she were my friend! I certainly have experienced the effects of "her friendship" though not in a good way.  I was on the receiving end of her buddies' "leadership styles."  

The leadership of one of her principal friends--lauded by the district and seeking a superintendency--is unethical, scary, brutish, and truly dangerous. He didn't like me much. Although I am not such a "goodie two shoes"--for who can be in these places called public schools with this "do-anything-it-doesn't-matter-if-it's-true-or-not" mentality?--I told the truth. He didn't, to say the least, much like that.  As you know, he let me know of his displeasure.

He was not my friend.

The mayor/assistant superintendent's other principal friend was not scary nor dangerous.  She was inept, clueless, and distant.  That principal also--because of her friendship not only with the newly appointed city mayor and school district big whig, but with the dangerous brute and his counselor sidekick--worked hard at blocking all (and I mean ALL; "You are forbidden to do that and if you do I will have to write you up" kinds of conversations) of my bullying prevention efforts.  

She, too, was not my friend.

That principal must have been frustrated to have me assigned to her school.  Imagine!  I'd turned her buddy in for bullying!  Imagine her good friend--the other counselor at that school (oh the convoluted ickiness of those friendships and alliances woven tightly together. My dull scissored, truth telling attempts at cutting through the friendships and the ills those friendships had wrought for employees and their students were not enough. Those friendship ropes are tight) and her communications to the mayor/superintendent about me.  

I was armed with the dull scissors; the counselor was armed with district provided razor sharp and gleaming knives...oh, how did I escape?

Please hang in there with me, dear readers, as I work at portraying for you the tightness of the roped friendships.  At the retirement luncheon for the inept principal--there the three female friends were: my retiring principal, the counselor at the school where the dangerous male brute works...and the mayor/district "big whig". There they were cuddling together and laughing. There they were literally "woven together" with their arms wrapped around each other. 

There they were...

 We all were listening to stories of this principal's greatness. One after the other, the feeder pattern principals arose and lauded her.  I was incredulous.  Really?  My experience was not that!  My experience was one of frustration and unease at the retiring principal's lack of involvement; her hardly ever leaving her office; her on going "do-not- disturb-the-leadership-team" meetings behind closed doors as she and her assistant principals "disappeared" for hours and the school's children ran amok. 

 "Hello in there!" I'd often wanted to fling that principal's door open during those meetings. "GET OUT HERE!  WE NEED LEADERSHIP! The third floor is a downright dangerous place to be."

At least the luncheon's food was good.  The PTSA president, by the way, honored me as a welcoming face and smile at our school. That must have really annoyed the tightly woven threesome.  Put a frown on the face of that moment.

Thanks, PTSA president.  Thanks for that.  

Recently at my school, parents asked my current (and wonderful) principal about school safety and bullying prevention at our school. These were parents of fifth grade children.  They are deciding whether or not to choose our school for middle school. Safety concerns--both physical and emotional--are bottom line issues for parents. Parents know their beloved children cannot learn if they (the children) do not feel safe. 

I was asked by my principal to speak on that as I am the resident "guru" of bullying prevention.  I believe I surprised the parents and him.  I did not speak of intervention techniques or school wide efforts.  I did not talk about the different roles--target, perpetrator and bystanders.  I spoke of none of that.  

Instead, I pointed to my principal.  I said something like this: "Preventing bullying starts with leadership.  Nothing happens in a school without a principal's support.  We--you and I--have that here. This is a creative, smart, fun and genuine man.  It's a great time for all of us--employees, parents, and most of all students--to be at this school.  We have a wonderful school principal and I, as his employee, could not be more grateful."

I think my current principal and I will be very good friends.