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Archive | May, 2008

Promoting Hatred and Revenge

by Izzy Kalman (May 2008)The anti-bully movement came into being primarily to prevent school shootings. But school shootings continue, and the shooters seem to have graduated from high school to college. Why haven’t nine years of intensive anti-bully education solved the problem? While hoping to create a more peaceful society, anti-bully crusaders have been unwittingly […]

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Time to Call Off the Anti-Bully Witch-Hunt

by Izzy Kalman (May 2008)A couple of weeks ago (April 20) marked the 9th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, the event that gave rise to the most massive witch-hunt in human history, the anti-bully movement. In our zeal to prevent further Columbine-type events, our society has decided to target “bullies,” in the naïve belief that […]

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Hidden Victims of Zero Tolerance

by Izzy Kalman (May 2008)We are so happy to hate bullies that we fail to see the harm anti-bully policies are causing. In my profession’s (school psychology) monthly newspaper, the Communique, authors of an article on “relational aggression” (the supposedly female version of bullying) claimed that relational aggression is escalating, and hypothesize that the cause […]

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The Official Promotion of Fear

by Izzy Kalman (May 2008)I recently read The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things by sociologist Barry Glassner (Basic Books, 1999). Glassner shows how the media, politicians, and various advocacy groups use fear to promote their interests. Quite simply, fear brings them power and money. This book was written before […]

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