Reporter's Note: The Republicans are debating again, and I’m writing again.
Dear Mr. President,
First: Sorry about your Bears last night. Detroit was just unstoppable; the Lions put Jay Cutler on his back more than a lightweight boxer against a heavyweight challenger. It was almost painful to watch.
Second: Well, the Republicans are debating again tonight. Are you going to watch? I often wonder about such things. I mean, sure you’re busy doing all that presidential stuff, but you must be curious about how your opponent will do in the next phase of this contest, and there is nothing like studying the old game film to gain some insights.
I remember once reading an article about middle linebackers, and how they can be not merely the field generals of a defense, but also the brains of the whole operation. In this particular story, a particular middle linebacker was noted for his eye for detail. For example, he’d noticed that when the ball was going to be run to the left, a forearm muscle on one of the guard’s would start twitching before the snap.
In other cases, there are defenders who have noted the way an opposing player lines up, or the speed with which he leaves the huddle, or maybe even whether he is licking his lips; all subtle clues about the action yet to come.
I’m not sure that you can pick up such hints by watching these debates, (to be honest, sometimes I wonder if debates are really that useful at all) but if I were you, I’d sure be eyeballing them with a defensive mind’s eye.
Anyway, if you feel like calling, that’s ok, but please wait until the debate is over. Hey, you may not have to watch, but I do.
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Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. She is the author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” the groundbreaking, bestselling book that was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.”
This Friday, October 14th at 8 p.m. ET, CNN’s Anderson Cooper special report “Bullying: It Stops Here,” features groundbreaking research that truly depicts bullying at its core. The results challenge much of the conventional wisdom that has done little to effectively address the problem. CNN commissioned University of California sociologists Dr. Robert Faris and Dr. Diane Felmlee to conduct the study, which examined the dynamics and root causes of bullying. The result is one of the most important and nuanced studies ever conducted on bullying and aggression. I urge every parent, educator and administrator to read their full report.
Drs. Faris and Felmlee’s findings are important because they refute the way our culture typically understands what aggressors and victims look like, and where we commonly lay blame. Bullies don’t have to be emotionally disturbed or come from bad families whose parents don’t care about them. They look like any normal kid, which makes it so much harder for their parents and educators to see or acknowledge the behavior.
But make no mistake. The way kids go after each other is the same. They are often humiliating someone based on race, class, perceived sexual orientation, gender conformity, and appearance. The consequence is also the same: social isolation, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Our AC360° bullying study found that in 77% of incidents, no bystanders intervened to help their peers. The sociologist we teamed up with for this study, Robert Faris, says that type of behavior needs to change. Faris believes the best way to help end bullying is to encourage more bystanders to get involved and stop acts of bullying when they see them happening. Anderson Cooper spoke with a number of students who are on the front-lines of that fight –- highly ranked as interveners.
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