This is not a good time to be taking on the anti-bullying legions, but Winnie Hu does a terrific job describing the newest runaway behavioral modification fad in schools in her front page New York Times story from the other day, Bullying Law Puts New Jersey Schools on Spot. The law,? according to Hu,
- Has 18 pages of ?required components? for the antibullying policy that each school must adopt;
- Requires each school in the state to have an antibullying specialist and an antibullying coordinator;
- Sets up a system to grade each school on its antibullying efforts and ?educators who failed to comply could lose their licenses.?
There's more, of course.? ?I think this has gone well overboard,? Richard Bozza, head of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, tells Hu. ?Now we have to police the community 24 hours a day.?
If schools have felt burdened by being turned into social service agencies, their new anti-bullying duties should seal the deal:? they have to do everything.? (I would be curious to know what Geoffrey Canada thinks of this.)
In my February post, Stop the Anti-bullying Bus, I Want to Get Off, I wrote,
In the hell of good intentions, the anti-bullying campaign has got to be on one of the lower rings.
In that post I detailed the anti-bullying policy in my own district, in New York, which was nine, single-spaced pages long (one-third the length of the district's entire Code of Conduct)...