Our home state of Ohio is still reeling after the recent violence at Chardon High School. It’s a sobering reminder that we need to stand against bullying.
We know that most anti-bullying programs don’t work. What can we do to make a difference?
CNN recently did an interview with Jessie Klein, author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools.
Check out the video from the interview. It’s well worth a couple minutes of your time to watch…
The idea is simple but brilliant… We need to stop focusing on worrying about individual kids and start looking at the school culture as a whole.
Instead of allowing a culture of hostility, we need to create a culture of caring!
We don’t accept every school that contacts us to visit. We pick and choose carefully. I made the decision a long time ago that I only wanted to visit schools where I felt like we could make a difference…
This is One of the Things We Look for when
Choosing Schools to Visit…
Do they try to rule with an iron fist? Do they try to maintain control through fear and intimidation?
…Or do they try to inspire the kids to do better? Do they build relationships? Do they try to create a culture where every student know they’re cared about?
I’ll never forget one of the principals we partnered with a couple months ago. The students were exceptionally well behaved and were a joy to present to.
When I talked to him afterwards he told me something interesting. One of his highest priorities is building relationships with the students.
As I observed it was obvious that he, the teachers, and the staff all had created strong bonds with the students.
He told me about another school he worked with where this strategy reduced referrals to the office by 75%!!!
Ladies and gentlemen… That’s the power of a culture of caring…