Bullying books

Publishers are “flooding the market” with books on bullying, reports the New York Times.

The books are aimed at all age groups — from “Bully,” a picture book for elementary-grade students, to the “The Bully Book,” for middle school children, about an average kid who suddenly becomes everyone’s favorite victim, to Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon, a recent release for adults that includes both stories and analysis.

. . . Two young-adult authors, Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones, assembled an anthology of personal essays, called Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories(HarperTeen 2011) by prominent writers like R. L. Stine, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.

I don’t remember much bullying from my school days. I never was a victim.

Anyhow, here’s a review of Sticks and Stones.

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  1. I was bullied on a few occasions. I didn’t like it, but I learned to get around it and — GROW UP. The unintended consequenses of adults riding in on white horses to try to prevent bullying are worse than the direct consequences of the thing itself.

    • GEORGE LARSON says:

      I agree with you that adult intervention can make a bad situation worse, but the schools create the situation for bullying to occur. The easiest way to avoid being bullied is to avoid the bully. Making a child attend school with the tormentors makes that impossible. If we compel students to attend we must compel the schools to provide adult supervision of the students.
      I do not believe bullying is worse now than it was 50 years ago, but we allowed kids to defend themselves back then.