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Why Punishing Bullies Doesn’t Work

by Izzy Kalman (March 2002) A high school student in Hastings, Minnesota, has recently made national news (I am deleting his name to prevent him from being harassed by readers of this commentary). He was convicted and punished for being a bully. However, he is infuriating people because he doesn’t express remorse even after being […]

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Unbreakable: A Misunderstood Jewel (Movie Review)

by Izzy Kalman August, 2001 Unbreakable, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, has recently become available in video. It is a masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it yet, rent it. If you have, see it again. After you read this review, you’ll understand the ending this time around. This great movie was a flop […]

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How to Create Utopian Schools

by Izzy Kalman
December 22, 2010
Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying

If you think about it, what the anti-bully movement is trying to do, though it doesn’t say so outright, is to create Utopia in schools. Anti-bully activists want children to be schooled in a completely safe environment in which everyone is always nice to them. They want kids to be free from fear that anyone will ever insult them, talk about them behind their back, notice their imperfections, exclude them from a group, laugh at them when they say something stupid, lay an unwanted hand on them, draw an unflattering picture of them or write something nasty about them on the Internet. Perhaps the reason the anti-bully activists don’t announce that their goal is Utopia is that such a goal sounds unrealistic and unachievable.

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A Rational Alternative to the National School Anti-Bullying Policy

by Izzy KalmanNovember 7, 2010Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying Now is the worst time in history to be a school principal or administrator. Not only have state governments passed anti-bullying laws that hold schools legally responsible for accomplishing the impossible, the Federal government has thrown its big guns into the vicious attack […]

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Ten Principles for Moral Discipline: Introduction

by Izzy KalmanJune 21, 2010Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying The world is on a massive crusade to get rid of bullying in school, and this crusade is failing. Physical attacks in general are down because it is relatively easy for schools to target such overt aggressive behavior. However, less overt forms of […]

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In Defense of South Hadley High School

by Izzy KalmanApril 18, 2010Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying Ever since the horrific school shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, school administrators have been clamoring to have school anti-bullying laws passed, believing that such laws will give schools the power to put an end to bullying among students. What […]

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Anti-Bully Laws Are a Violation of the Golden Rule

by Izzy KalmanMarch 25, 2010Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying Governments all over the world have been passing school anti-bullying laws with the expectation that they will make children safe from bullying in school. Rather than schools becoming safer with the passage of these laws, they apparently are having a reverse effect. Bullying […]

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The “Anti-Bully Law” Oxymoron

by Izzy KalmanDecember 20, 2009Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying Alabama recently became the 44th state to adopt a school anti-bully law. Somehow, states think that if they pass these laws, they will be able to get rid of bullying. Why they think a school anti-bullying law is going to work for them […]

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