The Educational Cycle of Abuse

When state and national governments require children to take tests that cause them great anxiety, when test scores and evaluations are used to humiliate entire school communities or threaten teachers with loss of their jobs, is this a form of bullying?

Bullying
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“Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively to impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Justifications and rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of class, race, religion, gender, sexuality, appearance, behavior, or ability.”

One has to wonder what is going to become of all of this.  Every day I am bombarded by teachers saying “I can’t take it anymore!”  and “This job is just too much for me!”  Unfortunately, this attitude transfers into the classroom.  Children can sense when the adults in their lives are stressed.  The general atmosphere of the classroom changes.  Students are no longer in a safe environment for learning.

As teachers are forced to meet additional mandates, the time that they spend planning and implementing creative and innovative lessons is diminished. The educational reform system that is dictating these changes claims to be doing so in the best interest of the child.  Do they not see the circle that they have created?  When teachers fail, students fail.  As the students fail, the teachers, under these new evaluation systems, will then fail.  Where does the cycle end?  This is a typical abuse cycle that the corporate reforms have mimicked.  One has to question their motives.  The federal educational budget is the last untapped source of federal money that the corporations had not, until now, been able to divert into their coffers.  All at the expense of the children, of our future generations.

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3 responses to “The Educational Cycle of Abuse”

  1. Ruth Charlton says :

    I agree. Some would say we are too sensitive but it is abuse plain and simple. If you’ve ever been a victim of it, YOU KNOW ITS TRUE.

  2. Melanie Vasa says :

    Thank you for starting this discussion. More of us educators need to speak out. We have been silent about the stress and the mandates for too long. We do our best to hide all of this from our students, but when I tell them about what is going on, they are shocked.

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