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Why Don't Schools Care About Bullying?

Why the heck don't schools care about bullying? It's a question that hits hard because it's not just about mean words or rough moments—it's about feeling unsafe and unvalued in a place that's supposed to be all about learning and growth.

First off, let's shine a light on the big picture. Bullying isn't just a one-time thing or a personal problem. It's a systemic issue woven into the fabric of how schools operate. From power imbalances to a lack of empathy education, the very structure of traditional schooling sets the stage for bullying to thrive.

Think about it. Schools are focused on grades, tests, and ticking off curriculum boxes. They prioritize conformity over kindness, competition over compassion. When fitting in and meeting arbitrary standards become the main game, empathy and understanding take a back seat.

Now, let's get real about why schools are so ill-equipped to handle bullying. It's not just about having rules or anti-bullying policies on paper. It's about creating a culture of respect and empathy, and that's something many schools struggle with.

Teachers and administrators are often stretched thin, dealing with overcrowded classrooms and bureaucratic red tape. They might not have the time or resources to address bullying effectively. Plus, let's be honest, some of them might not even recognize the signs or understand the impact bullying has on mental health and well-being.

And then there's the whole stigma thing. Speaking up about bullying can be like walking through a minefield. Will you be taken seriously? Will you be labeled a troublemaker? Will the bullying just get worse if you say something?

It's a messed-up situation, no doubt about it. But you are not alone in this fight. School Survival is here to stand with you, to validate your experiences, and to empower you with knowledge and alternatives.

We can't change the whole system overnight, but we can start by raising our voices, supporting each other, and pushing for real change. Because you deserve to feel safe, respected, and valued—no matter where you are.

Stay strong, stay fierce, and remember, your voice matters.

Where to next? Pick one!

Posted in: Blog on May 1, 2024 @ 2:48 AM

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