Our opinion: A positive, creative response to bullying
Bullying is a big problem in this country.
If you were given a few years to live, how would your life change? More importantly, what would you stop doing? (What do you need to *stop* doing?
Discussing No Court Time with a Player.
There are so many excellent coaches wo willingly volunteer their time or get paid next to nothing to make not only skilled players out of our sons and daughters, but also mold them into excellent young men and young ladies. Having played, coached, been the son of a coach and have had so many excellent coaches for my daughter, I really admire the characteristics of a great coach I just listed. Unfortunately, just as someone gets to become rich by playing the lottery, there are those rare coaches (scratch that last noun and insert: “bullies who love the title of coach, but whose real love is humiliating talented players,destroying their confidence and then telling them they couldn’t “man up”–who in my daughter’s case was 11 years old when the bully who calls herself coach dug her claws into her. Thankfully, we moved schools while the U.S. Dept. Of Education and our state’s ?Commission on Human Rights investigates this “coach”, and my daughter, just finishing her 9th grade year is receiving recruiting letters from NCAA High Division I universities–but nearly gave up basketball because of the deplorable treatment of her bully who called herself a coach.
If you are a sports fan, a coach, player or concerned parent and you haven’t or don’t follow FBC (@funbasketballcoach), you are missing out on some wonderful articles from advice articles such as this one to coaching strategy and player drills. I personally have not met the man behind the twitter account, but I know I enjoy his posts!
Attorney General looking into bullying complaints against Wellesley coaches
Wicked Local Wellesley
“We have received the complaints and are reviewing them,” Deputy Press Secretary Jillian Fennimore said.
What? A coach bully his players on a girls sports team he/she coaches for their school? Ask any school administrator responding to such an allegation, and he will repeat the same mantra those in similar settings chant: "Not at my school. Not on my watch." I have heard this mantra from coaches, athletic director employees, superintendents even after a civil rights group filed Federal Complaints with the appropriate Federal agencies! If nothing else, these administrators are consistent in chanting their mantras.
Clinton Sparks is a Grammy award-winning producer, DJ, and recording artist. He was also a victim of bullying. (help end bullying!
Thankfully media darlings are revealing just how pervasive bullying is now and has always been. Hopefully, their revelations will cause school administrators to (1) Admit that their schools are not made of gold, do in fact have unsightly blemishes and bullying DOES OCCUR IN THEIR SCHOOLS, and (2) Once they come around to speaking the truth, rather than denying the obvious, they will implement EFFECTIVE anti-bullying programs that comply with all Federal and state legal and regulatory requirements (including strict standards on anti-retaliation prohibitions).
Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.