Haven’t you ever noticed
that what you put your attention on suddenly seems to get bigger?
There’s a War on Drugs, A War Against Cancer, A War on Terrorism….and the list goes on and on.
Despite waging war against these things, the problems continue to get bigger. Exponentially bigger!
And you’re now in a worse position
than before you started teaching the anti-bullying program!
The bullying problem and other behavior issues have escalated.
Because before putting the focus on anti-bullying (aka bullying) at least you had a handle on classroom management.
This effect can be summed up by the phrase, “What you fight against, you strengthen.”
Of course, no one does this on purpose. But it happens nonetheless.
This reactive approach is seen throughout our educational system.
- Bullying occurs – We adopt an anti-bullying program
- School shootings happen – We implement school shooter drills
- There’s an increase in child anxiety and depression – We get trained in “trauma response”
- Social injustice occurs – We get trained in “culturally sensitive practices”
… the problems continue to get worse.
I’m not saying these solutions are all bad. I’m just proposing a BETTER one. A more proactive and positive one.
Now know one reason why traditional programs don’t work. (You’ll discover another reason when you keep reading.)
Yes, there will always be problems in the world that our children will have to face.
And, yes, the problems of the world seem to be getting more serious and more detrimental over time.
More and more children at younger ages are suffering from anxiety and depression…
Not to mention the physical ramifications that occur as a result.
Leaving teachers, counselors, parents, and administrators feeling helpless in providing a good education for our children and preparing them for the real world.
And no one likes to think about this.
It all stems from traditional SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) programs that merely scratch the surface.