I have had amazing experiences teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico. The majority of my classes have been filled with joy and inspiration. Several students who went on to graduate thanked me for the lesson on “HOPE” and the inspiring messages which are helping them now with life along with the English language. I know this because I went to lunch with some of them last week. One is now a teacher who turned his life around. The other stated he remembers being taught the vocabulary word for respect which has helped him in dealing with others. I simply compared R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the Golden Rule.
But I only had one class as discussed in my earlier blog that seemed very negative. I attempted to turn it around as seen in the previous blog entry.
The group went on to the next level with a different teacher.
But a couple of my students who attended that class with the different teacher came back to tell me how negative that class was as a whole.
I remember their were two people who I discuss below who constantly disrupted class. I was saddened to learn that those two students are now in teacher training at the same school with me.
One of them made a joke about people with disabilities and stated the (N) word for African-Americans was just a joke in my class. I stood up to them for that. This student was also the only student to criticize my presentation about J.K. Rowling who overcame extreame adversity to become Britain’s first billionaire author. She went on to start her own charity to help abandoned and orphaned children.
Next, the other student mocked the word “HOPE” after my presentation and stated people don’t have to go through adversity or hardship to achieve their dream. He mentioned that his father is a doctor. He also told me how he failed math but the teacher passed him anyway because that is just the way it is down here.
I failed him as he fell short of the grade needed to pass after taking the exam.
Perhaps the lesson is not to throw your pearls before swine or just trust that those who are suppose to “get it” will either now or later on in their life.
My Hope for all of them is that they have happy and fulfilled lives.
The video, although a political endorsement, makes a good point and can add value in the good fight against bullying.
Hillary Clinton Has a $500 Million Plan to Fight Bullying
By Daniel Reynolds
October 27 2016 3:33 PM EDT
Hillary Clinton has launched a plan to combat bullying in schools.
Titled “Better Than Bullying,” the plan, released Thursday on the Clinton campaign’s website, calls bullying an “urgent crisis” and specifically draws attention to the issue of “bias” toward youth from vulnerable communities.
“Children with disabilities are mocked for their perceived differences,” the plan stated. “LGBT and Muslim students are targeted because of who they are or how they pray. Latino and immigrant children turn on the television and are told they don’t belong. When bias influences our children and manifests itself in the form of bullying, we have to act.”
The proposal would provide $500 million in funding to states that develop an antibullying strategy, which would support a list of “national priorities.” These priorities include developing antibullying laws, investing in behavioral health programs, curbing cyberbullying, supporting educators with training and resources, and providing health and mental health services for victims of abuse.
The plan also promises that Clinton, as president, would take federal action. This includes helping to pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would modify school codes of conduct to prohibit bullying based on race, religion, gender, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
LGBT youth are far likelier than their straight peers to experience bullying. A recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 34 percent of LGBT youth were harassed at school, compared to 19 percent of heterosexual and cisgender respondents. Likewise, 28 percent of LGB youth experience cyberbullying, versus 14 percent of straight youth.
The National Education Association reports a rise in bullying since Donald Trump began his presidential campaign. Members of the teachers’ union have observed children calling for the deportation of other kids and hurling remarks that mirror the Republican’s racist, sexist, and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
“Kids feel like they have been given permission, and they are invoking the name of Donald Trump,” said NEA president Lily Eskelsen García.
On October 20, Clinton participated in Spirit Day, an annual event that draws attention to the bullying of LGBT youth. In support, Clinton tweeted a purple version of her campaign logo, along with an implied message for Trump.
“This #SpiritDay, let’s take a stand for LGBT youth and send a clear message to all our kids: In the end, bullies always lose,” she said.
This message was echoed in a new ad released by the Clinton campaign in conjunction with the “Better Than Bullying” plan. The video features a young person named Bryce who was harassed in the past due to his muscular dystrophy. He recounts his experience observing Trump as he mocked a reporter with a disability on television.
“I don’t want bullies in my life, and I especially don’t want one in the White House,” he says.