Teaching young high-schoolers tolerance
June 6, 2010 2:27 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to organize an anti-bullying presentation for high school freshmen and sophomores - any tips?
posted by Bleusman to education (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm the president of my high school's GSA, and we've decided that we want to present something to the younger grades of the school in an effort to reduce identify based bullying - not just anti-gay bullying, but religion based bullying, socioeconomic based bullying, gender based bullying, and race based bullying.
The biggest issue with this is that freshmen and sophomores are cynical by nature, and lecturing to them about bullying isn't going to be very effective, as I see it. Our current plan is to have students everyone looks up to speak, some college students speak, and have an administrator define bullying and what the consequences for bullying are. But I feel that it's not really going to get through the heads of young high-school kids: the kids that are the problem aren't going to be listening.
Has any MeFite done anything similar to this and had a positive reaction? How do you get through to those kids who think throwing slurs around is just fine, and that it's okay to treat the gay kid like trash all the time? Efforts at this school to reduce bullying before have usually been in the form of "use I-statements" and "remember the golden rule," or other presentations that, while well-meaning, are preaching to only the most upright portion of the choir.
So what are some innovative ways to get to those kids' heads and make them actually think about identity based bullying? Is it even possible?