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My role as an educator is to provide the environment and curriculum that will help students develop as productive citizens in a global society. When my students respect themselves, each other, and the world around them, everything else falls into place.
As Haim Ginot requested of teachers, "Help your children become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human"(holocaustandhumanity.org). I honor that request!
We will work extensively on helping the children empower themselves against bullies, understand that acting as a bystander is part of the problem, and learn to be an upstander when they see injustice.
Many times adults will say such things as, "Kids will be kids", "I lived through it." "It is a right of passage."
Bullies draw on their victim's fear in order to gain power. When the level of fear is mitigated, the power of the bully is mitigated. It is important for young children to understand this important concept as they learn:
To identify a bully and bullying behaviors
How to stop a bully
How to stand up for oneself
Differentiate between telling and tattling
Help others handle bullies.Becoming empowered and having the courage to not only stand up for oneself, but also to stand up to injustice perpetrated on others is a life skill that can only help to make the world a better place. I want my students to recognize the integral part the power of one plays in tearing down the pyramid of hate.