Thursday, December 20, 2012
Schools teach everything – albeit not always well – but they don’t teach the most basic skill of all, a skill that has the capacity to save the world. Schools don’t teach kindness.
They’re making a dent by tagging bullies and troubled youngsters. It’s a start. But I know the way classrooms were run in the 1950s when I was a kid, and I imagine they’re not much better today, perhaps worse because class sizes are larger, and random acts of unkindness harder to detect and treat. How to be kind is easily imparted, easily learned. For me it only required one lesson. It was delivered by a fellow fourth grader, Buddy Bridgers, red-headed, smart and aware. It was recess, we were all hell-bent on four-square, that game with painted quadrants, a large ball, and a line of kids waiting to start in the first quad where you either washed out or worked your way up the chain. At #2, 3 and 4, you held on for dear life. A big kid – …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Does the lovable children's holiday classic send the wrong message? Tell us your thoughts.
In October, Patch asked readers how they felt about one parent's view that "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" condoned bullying. Specifically, blogger DadCamp wrote that the show sends the wrong message to children because of its "continuous teasing and bullying" It's not the first time a parent has spoken out against a classic children's program with such a claim. Last December, news spread that author and special ed professor George Giuliani said that "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was also a program laden with the theme of bullying, considering how much Rudolph was an outsider due to his glowing red nose. Giuliani, as such, wrote a book titled "No More Bullies at the North Pole," which re-tells the story of Rudolph. What do you …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Students across the Commonwealth wear black and take pledge to 'Black Out Bullying' in our schools.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick today joined hundreds of students from across the Commonwealth participating in “No Name Calling Day” to raise awareness and take a stand against bullying in our schools. Plymouth North and South high school students participated today by wearing black to school to symbolizing their stance against bullying. As part of today's events and activities across the state, Governor Patrick held an event at Collins Middle School in Salem where hundreds of students wore black and signed a banner pledging to “Black Out Bullying.” "I am so proud to see these young people standing up and leading the charge to 'Black Out Bullying' in our schools," said Governor Patrick. "'No Name Calling Day' is about the idea that each of us has …
Friday, October 14, 2011
The anti-bullying campaign was begun by the father of a high school girl killed at Columbine High School nearly 12 years ago.
Friday, October 14, 2011
PCIS students will have the opportunity to participate in a internationally recognized program called Rachel's Challenge, Wednesday, Oct. 26. School administration believes that the students of PCIS have the power to make a permanent, positive cultural change in their school and community by accepting the challenge of Rachel Scott to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Rachel's Challenge is a powerful and impactful assembly and training program for middle school students. The students of PCIS will hear true stories from the life of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shootings in 1999. Students will experience her influential life through the eyes of her family and friends. This is done through a collection…
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
In four years, Plymouth Community Intermediate School has dramatically cut down on bullying and violence in the school thanks to new policies and a new culture.
PCIS Principal Brian Palladino had good news to share with the School Committee at the end of the year. In four years, Plymouth Community Intermediate School has dramatically cut down on bullying and violence in the school thanks to new policies and a new culture. With two weeks remaining in the school year, no fights have been reported all year and the number of suspendable incidents is down 50 percent from last year. Palladino revealed the discipline data to committee members while discussing the school improvement plan and the drive to create a safe and healthy learning environment free of bullying. For a school with more than a thousand students passing back and forth in the halls every day, it's a big step. In 2007, there were six …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Today it belongs to me and I’m going to use it to slap some people around. Stick around, this stuff’s about to get heavy (apologies to Eminem for the paraphrase)
There’s a lot of talk these days about bullies and I’m glad we’re finally having a conversation about it. Seriously, it’s about time. I believe that sunshine is the best disinfectant and the more light we can shed on outrageous behavior, the better. Honestly, I do have to say though I believe most of it is a CYA move by schools and administrators that want to absolve themselves of any financial liability. I’m ok with that as long as what they put in place works and is evenly and fairly applied. While much attention focuses on peer-to-peer bullying, I’d like to address another more insidious and damaging form of bullying: adult-to-child bullying. If you don’t believe it exists this column is probably not for you. Thanks for stopping by …
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
One in six Plymouth students reported attending school under the influence, according to the 2010 Community That Cares survey.
One in six Plymouth students reported attending school under the influence, according to the 2010 Community That Cares survey. Faced with pressure from peers, trouble at home and other problems, area teens are turning to drugs and alcohol at a rate above the national average. The results of the survey, given in the spring of 2010, were delivered to the Plymouth School Committee on Jan. 24 by Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative Program Director Jen Pinto. "We have made some serious improvements, but we're still above the national average when it comes to underage drinking," Pinto said. According to the survey, 18.7 percent of students reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, 34.7 percent of students reported consuming at least one …