RE: [xmca] The power of internalization is overwhelmingly pervasive

From: Peter Smagorinsky <smago who-is-at>
Date: Wed Aug 06 2008 - 03:21:58 PDT

My colleague (and now Dean) Andy Horne's research is in the area of
bullying. I don't know if it's CHATty or not, but he's published a ton on
the subject. See

Peter Smagorinsky
The University of Georgia
125 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602

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In thinking back to my high school days, I can recall several individuals
who could have been bully's. But they weren't. Somehow they were drawn into
mainstream. Two big differences at my school: (1) none of the athletes
received varsity sweaters, all the male students wore jackets and ties, (2)
was no football team. The fall sports were cross-country and intramural
football. No violent sports and no special status for athletes.
There are no violent sports at the community college where I taught.
and FSU are the teams that dominate our area and consciousness. The only
bully's seem to be top level administrators, who wouldn't recognize
if it bit them in the ass.
I have more police, fire and military in my classes then athletes. Those
three groups are the most respectful you will ever encounter.
Just a thought: As a society do we elevate these athletes and celebrities
special status, so that we can experience stardom, if just vicariously?
In the 70's and 80's there were prime time shows that demonstrated
thoughtfulness, the relieving of suffering, doctors who cared about their
not their egos; adults, who saw themselves as role models for their
"Joan of Arcadia" and "Seventh Heaven" are long gone.
As a society is there no profit in decency and respect, so these virtues
set aside?
All we can hope to do is treat our students with respect and encourage them

to respect each class at a time and we can provide an
for them to examine and discuss the acts of the media, advertising and
politicians within the context of the course we are teaching. NO PREACHING !
give them a opportunity question and think.

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