Recalling events of childhood for many is a way to relate their upbringing to others, relay values learned through situational stories or remember the fun things that produced happiness lasting a lifetime. Scattered in these stories might be incidences of being "teased" or being ridiculed and possibly bullied. In days long ago, children were taught to stand up for themselves, sometimes laugh at themselves or ignore the insolent remarks of others. Sometimes, teachers would intervene providing an opportunity to guide children into better behavior.
Bullying has always been around and ways to combat it have been taught from generation to generation, but now we have anti-bullying campaigns across the nation to decrease the incidences of bullying to make it socially unacceptable. This campaign has garnered support from the educational community, the Hollywood crowd, the pro-wrestling culture and Americans from different socioeconomic classes. Forty-nine states have enacted anti-bullying laws and countless taxpayer dollars have been spent on these campaigns. Interestingly enough, a new study suggests that despite all these anti-bullying laws and expensive campaigns, bullying has actually been on the increase.
As CNSnews.com's Hans Bader reports:
But a University of Texas researcher found that anti-bullying programs increase bullying, and "actually teach students different bullying techniques - and even educate about new ways to bully" classmates:
"A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But . . . University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.
"He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead - he found the opposite.
"Jeong said it was, "A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work."
"The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.
"The results were stunning for Jeong. "Usually people expect an anti-bullying program to have some impact - some positive impact."
"The student videos used in many campaigns show examples of bullying and how to intervene. But Jeong says they may actually teach students different bullying techniques - and even educate about new ways to bully through social media and texting.
"Jeong said students with ill intentions "...are able to learn, there are new techniques [and gain] new skills." He says students might see examples in videos and then want to try it.
"According to Jeong, some programs even teach students how to bully without leaving evidence behind."
New Jersey's rigid anti-bullying law has been noted by one school administrator to actually be inappropriate for younger children, especially those in kindergarten "who are just learning to socialize with their peers." Incidences of name-calling or shoving were previously handled on the spot as a teachable moment to reinforce appropriate behavior. Now, according to the unnamed administrator, those incidences have to be "documented, reviewed and resolved by everyone from the teacher to the anti-bullying specialist, principal, superintendent and board of education."
According to psychologist Dacher Keltner, broad definitions of bullying are actually harmful to children, especially when that definition includes teasing. Keltner states that teasing is actually educational for children in that it can teach children the wisdom of "laughing at ourselves, and not taking the self too seriously."
Schools are not the only environment that has embraced the anti-bullying agenda. Employers are now embracing the idea of "workplace bullying" that impose broad definitions, the same definitions used in school bullying, that actually inhibit free speech and expression. Activists for years have declared that bullying was an epidemic of pandemic proportion that should be addressed; however, the incidences of bullying and violence in school had actually decreased before the implementation of these programs.
It seems this campaign has done nothing but create more bullies and incidences of bullying. But, was this campaign designed to do the exact opposite of its intent? Looking around America, one could answer that question with an unfaltering "yes." By instituting this program in the "educational" system, an entire generation will be brought up learning increasingly new techniques of trampling on others' rights.
If you look at the tactics of the leftist liberals, they use name-calling, shaming and unsavory tactics that scream bullying according to the broad definitions that have been formulated. These activities are no more than devices used to inhibit the God-given rights of free speech of others. Remember, these definitions apply to everyone except them. Information based in truth is called "hate speech" and those exposing the truth and protesting in favor of God-given rights are seen as "racists," "terrorists," "bigots," and any other term to place a negative connotation on those individuals.
The biggest bully of all resides in the White House. He leads a rabble gang of bullies that hold elected positions in our nation's government and appointed positions in our nations group of alphabet agencies. These "thugs" encourage the mindless individuals of this country to engage in this behavior that has become common place. It works as evidenced by the actions of many members in Congress.
The best way to combat a bully is to stand up and fight. As it has often been said, "No one can take something from you without your consent." America is being conditioned to "consent" to the eradication of our God-given rights through numerous tactics. Going along to get along or standing with the "bully" when they have the loudest voice, promising pipe dreams they won't deliver, are a few of those tactics.
Time to see things for what they are and stand up against being bullied by those who profess to be anti-bullying.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.