I recently watched a documentary on school bullying. I have to be honest, it was very tough to watch. I was never bullied and barely saw it in my school, but I know it exists to the highest level. To see growing children become adults quickly and see no purpose for life is… devastating. I am sure we have all heard these stories, but why has it changed so little over time? My answer revolves around the mistreatment of the education system. I believe it forms around the fundamental element: teachers.
The film gave me the sense that, with the pay for teachers, they truly have the most difficult job. Think about it: teachers have to be a full-time educator, babysitter, and psychologist all at once. They not only have to teach, they have to scout the halls and classes for issues and correct them. They have to come home with the issues from school and deal with their own family situations. I believe I am stating some very obvious information, but it is still a topic to be analyzed. Bullying and the treatment of teachers are intertwined issues— they have cause and effect.
To stop bullying is unrealistic; To have parents, teachers, students and administration working for one cause seems too difficult. I think teachers are human and look out for their students almost as parents would. We overvalue celebrities and people we barely know, overlooking the ones that look over their children. My message may be lost in this post, but I am saying these things for a few reasons.
We need to treat teachers with much higher regard. Their is a need for high quality professionalism in the high school, even middle school, setting. With higher pay comes highly qualified teachers. We also need to look out for one another. I know many students are in high school and overlook bullying. It is as simple as showing someone you care; we do not need to live in a setting of little compassion— at least lend a hand. Bullying is poisonous to our society. It doesn’t promote a proper environment, and we need to respect the students enough to have the proper protection in their teaching staff.
Bullying outlines our negative features as a society. Let’s try to figure out a solution. Here is a link to the movie title: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1682181/ .