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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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Time to End the Bully Witch-Hunt

by Izzy KalmanDecember 29, 2008Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying “You are entitled to a life in which everyone is always nice to you. If people repeatedly treat you badly, please don’t think it has anything to do with you or your behavior. If you feel bad, it is because of them, not […]

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Why Anti-Bully Programs Aren’t Working

Our nation’s schools have been intensively fighting bullying for well over a decade, since the Columbine shooting brought the problem of bullying to the public’s consciousness. State legislatures frequently beef up their anti-bullying laws and policies in response to the high-profile bullying related suicides and shootings. The U.S. Department of Education as well has declared […]

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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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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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Big Brother comes to Australian schools

by Izzy Kalman (February 2008)Australia is taking bullying increasingly seriously, which is not surprising in light of a recent lawsuit in which a school was ordered to pay over a million dollars for failing to stop a child from being bullied. An Australian company is now marketing a video recording system called Bully Buttons. When […]

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