Yay, the letter I sent in to the New York Times was today's lead letter! I couldn't be more excited and proud. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is:
To the Editor
Re: There's Only One Way to Stop a Bully” by Susan Engel and Marlene Sandstrom
(Op-Ed, July 23, 2010)
I can't agree more that schools must teach kids "how to be good to one another, how to cooperate, how to defend someone who is being picked on, and how to stand up for what is right." These things need to be taught in homes too.
In a national survey I conducted on bullying and conflict, 73% of the students surveyed said peers are somewhat or very mean to each other. Bullying and other mean behaviors will only decrease when we model, teach, and expect the opposite. By assiduously fostering empathy, conscience, and kindness, along with teaching kids how to work out conflicts and stand up for those who are bullied, we can reverse the trend of youth cruelty and set the foundation for a healthy future for all kids.
The time to begin is now.
author of No Kidding About Bullying
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