October is National Bullying Prevention Month. It comes on the heels of the latest UNICEF report tracking violence against children worldwide. Hidden in Plain Sight is a sobering overview of the many ways that we inflict violence on the young. It is also a timely reminder that adult and peer to peer abuse (bullying) are a global phenomenon.
In their book The Spirit Level Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson present a compelling argument, supported by national and international statistics, that a wide range of social ills (e.g. homicide, obesity, drug use, mental illness, anxiety, teenage pregnancies, high school dropouts and school bullying) are correlated with and seemingly caused by one thing: the growing income gap between the richest and the poorest.
In September 2014 we interviewed Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham, England.
The Independent Schools Foundation Academy (“ISF”) is a leading independent school in Hong Kong serving students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. ISF has always been about more than academic success. At the centre of its school life are the eight virtues plus one (commitment, respect, benevolence, compassion, courtesy, integrity, harmony, balance and wisdom) and a commitment to preparing its students to enter the leading global colleges and universities and take their place as world citizens.
San Francisco, Calif. A report released this week shows that San Francisco Bay Area schools that partnered with San Francisco-based non-profit No Bully were able to stop or significantly improve 100% of bullying incidents in the 2013-2014 school year.
No Bully today announced the addition of tech industry leader Trae Chancellor to its advisory board.
“There is far more bullying in pre-k and kindergarten than I ever realized” says Kathleen Wayland, a pre-school teacher in Sacramento, California.