If you’ve read this blog before, you know that whether it is “Gingerism”, anti-semitism, racism, or generalized bullying, I believe we need to do more to encourage respect, moral courage and self examination at our motives and actions toward those who are “different”. Here is another example, in Mohawk, NY, Jacob Sullivan no longer at Gregory B. Jarvis Junior/Senior High School after students and a teacher bullied him because of his sexual orientation. How can we use this example to discuss issues of respect, self-awareness, and social justice?
- Read the news article and listen to the NPR story and have build a discussion around some of the main topics in this case:
- What is the responsibility of a school in making a safe place for students to learn?
- What if any are the boundaries to that?
- What should the role be of a staff in a school to protect difference and individual expression? Why? Under what instances would you as a teacher intervene? Why?
- What about your role as a student in school? When is it your responsibility to act and intervene (if ever)? Why?
- Why did the justice department enter into this case? What article are they citing? What does that article say?
- Ask students to examine their own “codes” for treating people. What rules do they live by? Do they have a code or belief? How does their feelings about this situation mesh with their code?
- NPR Story (Audio)
- Observer Dispatch Story (Jan. 16th)
- Dignity for All Students
- The Title IX Statute from the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Basic Facts about Bullying
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