Yesterday’s program featured segments on the movie Bully and on the “food truck revolution.”
The latter was fun, and brought The Grilled Cheese Truck to our attention. There’s a full show to be sandwiched in somewhere down the line.
But the emails and calls triggered by the conversation about the documentary Bully were sobering. A lot of young people put up with an enormous amount of abuse, and increasingly school districts have gone Pontius Pilate on the issue. The movie does a very good job of giving non-combatants a glimpse of the world of school buses, playgrounds, and locker rooms where the weak become sport for the strong or the disturbed, but offers no suggestions on what is to be done.
Many listeners added their own stories or the stories of their children, and the theme of school indifference surfaced again and again. One, a psychologist, pointed me to her blog on which she discusses the professional response to the problem. I’ll return to it in the future, perhaps with one of my friends from the administration at Great Hearts Academy in Arizona, the public charter network of schools in Arizona on whose board I serve. The problem is large, but every school has a culture, and if that culture refuses to indulge even a bit of the abuse, it will be quickly ended.