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Most Anti-bullying Programs Don’t Work! (Here’s What to Do About It!)

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Picture of depressed girl leaning against a gray cement wall.

A while back we did a post on why we take a different approach to anti-bullying assemblies.

Most presentations try to “scare the kids straight”. They hammer on the harmful effects of bullying and try to create change by making everyone feel miserable.

We’ve been skeptical of this approach from day one. We believe it makes a bad situation worse.

Turns out we’re right. There’s academic research to back it up. “Preaching” at the kids and following up with severe punishments doesn’t work.

There was a peer reviewed article published on this back in October 2011. It’s cited at the end of this post. Here are a few crucial bits that I feel are relevant. (more…)


Character, Not Academics is the Best Indicator of Success.

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

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In 2011 we launched our Character Education School Assembly. We believe character education is critical to a child’s future success.

This was the subject of a recent New York Times article. If you only read one article this week, this is the one you need to read. (more…)


Why is Nobody Talking About Character Education?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Picture of person's back side carrying newspaper.

We have two different school assembly programs. One focuses on bullying. The other covers Character Education.

I have to stay up to date. I have tools that scan the web for stories about these topics and send me a regular digest. I post the best ones on this blog.

Over the past month there were around 1,100 notable articles about bullying.

For character education there were only around 200 stories. Most of them were about local schools implementing character programs.  (more…)


Character All Stars – New Video Trailer!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

We’ve been crazy busy here at Shizzle Dizzle Magic! In case you missed it, we just launched a brand new video trailer for our Character All Stars show!


Teaching Character Education – Theory and Practice

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

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You’ve probably seen my recent blog post about “Character All Stars“.

I want to talk a little bit about the thinking that went into the show. This post is deep on theory, but I think you’ll find it both worthwhile and enlightening at the same time.

Teaching character education is a unique challenge. With subjects like reading and science there’s hard information. Once you get a student to retain that information, you can move on to new material.

Character education is different. On an intellectual level it’s pretty simple to grasp. If you ask anyone whether we should respect others or be trustworthy, they’ll automatically say yes. It’s a no-brainer.

Even if you ask someone what being respectful or trustworthy means, they’ll probably give you some solid answers. Society teaches us those things from an early age.

So Why Doesn’t Any of This Translate
into the Way We Behave?



Character Education School Assembly Program

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Character All Stars School Assembly Logo

We’re super excited to announce our new character education assembly for 2011! Character All Stars will teach your kids about Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship!

ShizDiz is a Mission, Not a Magic Show.