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A wave of teen suicides due to bullying last year led to a national hysteria about the issue and deep introspection by parents, educators and law-makers on how to stem the tide. In the year since, new laws have been enacted in states, countless experts have offered opinions on the problem and the media has highlighted the most tragic stories to shine a spotlight on bullying in America. Ultimately, however, it’s left to schools to actually enact reform and they’re given few solutions to end the problem, only vague orders to implement anti-bullying programs.
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We at AC 360° also went through deep introspection on the issue. We wondered what we could do, beyond reporting on bullying, to make our kids any safer. We decided to start at the root of the problem with a simple, yet vital question: do people understand what causes kids to bully? After a year-long investigation we came to an alarming conclusion: no.
AC 360° teamed up with sociologists from the University of California whose research is shaking the popular conceptions about bullying to their core. Among the many revelations their work has found is that the stereotype of the schoolyard bully preying on the weak doesn’t begin to reflect the reality in schools. Instead, they liken high schools to “social combat” where students are trying to fight their way to the top of the social hierarchy. The higher students ascend this social ladder, the more aggressive they become.
We put their theories to the test at one high school on Long Island, New York and discovered some ground-breaking universal truths about high schools across the country. Our hope is by finding the causes of bullying, schools will be much better armed to fight the problem.
Be sure to tune in Sunday, October 9th at 8pm for our town hall on bullying, and the entire following week on AC 360° at 8pm and 10pm, to learn more about what we uncovered.
Reporter's Note: President Obama is campaigning for re-election. I am not, but still I have some ideas about it in today’s letter.
Dear Mr. President,
I went for an invigorating run this morning on one of my favorite trails these days, a rambling up and down course through the woods by the river. It involves a lot of stump jumping, skipping over rocks, and the occasional leap across a gully. As you might imagine, it also offers plenty of places for nasty falls.
Still, almost as soon as I was underway that little voice in my head started talking. “Hey, you know this course! You’re in the groove. Just power up and go. Open up your stride, blast up the hills, and slip down into the valleys as fast as you want. You’ve been here, you’ve done this, there is nothing to fear!”
But since my last run on that path, a big storm system passed through. Trees and branches are down. Rocks have tumbled onto the main trail. Mud bogs have opened up. It is altogether rougher than it was a short while back.
So it was not altogether surprising that I caught a toe on a stray stone and found myself crashing to the ground. My hands shot into the dirt, my right knee raked across some scree; and as I rolled, my right shoulder thumped into brambles. I skidded to a stop. My leg was bloody, and my hands were stinging, but nothing was broken. I stood up, ran to a nearby stream, washed off the blood and grime, and continued on, thinking, well, it could have been worse.
Then I came to work and saw you comparing your re-election bid to your first election in 2008, and saying the odds of you winning this time are better than they were then.
Take it from a guy who has recently made this mistake: Never assume the trail you are on is the same as it was before. Things have changed. The economy is much worse. The world scene has shifted. You are no longer an outsider, but the ultimate insider. You have a record that you must run with whether you like it or not.
Can you take some lessons from 2008 into this race? Of course. But you must avoid the temptation to make direct comparisons, because the path has change dramatically. And if you assume you can use the same strategy, you may find yourself in for a bad spill.
Just some thoughts to keep in mind. Call if you get a moment. I’m around all weekend.
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