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BLOG COMING TO AN END

When Scott McLeod decided to deactivate his blog, “At The Schoolhouse Gate” several years, I decided to try to fill the void.  I’m not sure I ever matched Professor McLeod’s quality and presentation, but I gave it my best shot.  I have worked to present current news stories about bullying in schools and, more recently, in the workplace.   I have also taken advantage of my professional contacts to provide access to research studies and articles that I believed readers of this blog would find interesting.  I confess that many of my links were inspired by my friend Nancy Willard’s online discussion group, which I have been a member of since its inception.  Nancy has gathered an impressive roster of participants.

The time has come to put an end to this blog.  I have decided to focus my attention and energy on another online publication, also called “Substantial Disruption,” which is the location for my weekly opinion column.  Over the next few days and weeks I will redesign it and and expand it to include information about bullying — primarily workplace bullying — and news articles I find of interest.  Just delete the “blog” part of this URL and you will be there.  This page will shortly direct visitors to that site.  I also need to devote more time to my book on workplace bullying, which I hope to submit for publication later this year.  Stay tuned.

The event that triggered my decision to terminate this blog was the decision by the International Bullying Prevention Association to publish its own blog.  I am happy to defer to the Association, of which I am a member.  I served on the Association’s Board of Directors for several years and have presented at their annual conference, most recently in 2014 in San Diego.  You can read their blog by clicking here.  Give it a look.

Thanks to those of you who read this blog and commented.  I hope you follow me to my other blog, SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTION, and recommend it to others if you like it.  It’s a different approach, but one that I am  historically comfortable with.  I have co-hosted a radio talk show and written an Internet column for years and enjoy the role of pundit, which comes naturally.  I’m sure I ruffle some feathers, but heck, that’s what feathers are for.  But I’ve had a lot of positive reaction, much more than criticism.

Mahalo,

Mike Tully

 

Human resources debate starts with barbs from Nunavut finance minister (CA)

The long awaited review of the Nunavut government as an employer — including addressing issues of workplace harassment — started off with a fiery exchange in the legislature Thursday.

The proceedings in committee of the whole are reviewing five documents, including the government’s human resource strategy for 2014-2018 and the ethics officer’s 2015-2016 annual report.

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak moved for the review in the fall sitting after Nunavut government employees reached out to her about workplace bullying.

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Stats suggest a decline in bullying, but experts not so sure

(Editor’s Note:  Self-reports by schools and school districts are probably the most self-serving and unreliable data in the field of bullying prevention.  This is a classic example.  Fifty school districts reported there was no bullying at all?  Really?  That is simply not possible.  The problem here, as noted in the article, is that district administrators have generous discretion in deciding whether or not a specific event constitutes bullying behavior.  And how many district administrators believe it helps their careers to report the occurrence of bullying?  Exactly.  I’d love to see the district administrators’ opinion of the amount of bullying taking place in their schools with what the students report.  Now, that would be interesting! — Mike Tully)

In 2011, amid growing concern about bullying, the state legislature passed a law defining the term and requiring schools to record “verified acts” in a publicly accessible log.

A review of logs kept in several area schools suggest that bullying is rarely a problem in greater Danbury, and statewide figures show a steady decline in verified incidents over the last three years.

According to the Connecticut Department of Education, the number of bullying incidents decreased from 1,453 in 2012-13, to 1,296 the next year and 857 in 2014-15, the most recent data available.

In some 50 school districts there were no verified cases last year, and in more than 70 others, including New Milford, Bethel, New Fairfield and Region 9, there were five or fewer.

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