The anti-bullying crusade has been taken up by the government and, thanks to the government, it is becoming as much of a problem as the bullying it seeks to prevent. One program in Wisconsin uses a misleading “game” format to require students to answer highly personal family questions in front of their classmates.
The school officials must think they’re Dr. Phil or putting on the Montell Williams Show.
A middle school in Marinette, Wisconsin had their 5th through 8th grade students play, and will continue to make them play, a game called “Cross the Line” in which students were asked personal questions like:
Do your parents drink; were your family members ever in jail; have you had suicidal thoughts; have you wanted to cut yourself; do you wish you had more friends; do you feel you do not have at least one friend; do you live in two houses; do you look in the mirror and not like what you see; experienced the effects of drug addiction in your family; would like a hug today, etc.
Click here if you would like to read the questions.
Some of the worst questions were left out of the 5th grade program as if, magically, by 6th grade they can handle them.
If students answered “yes” they were told to step forward – in front of everyone present.
Having worked in education for years, I can tell you that this will cause increased incidents of bullying. Students will be ridiculed or looked down on by some.
Schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to address discrimination on a number of different personal characteristics. Schools are being threatened with lawsuits and are being told bullying may be a civil rights violation. Wisconsin has a model policy at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Additionally, the state government has “Bullying Prevention Guidelines.” All states have to have this.
These government anti-bullying prevention programs are a joke. The government has once again overstepped with some of the controls they are putting on schools. They should teach academics and leave the rest to teachers.
I don’t know who came up with the dumb questions in this particular school, but the fault ultimately lies with the federal law, a law that many foresaw would bring about these types of problems.
The Marinette school said participation was voluntary but parents said any student who refused was threatened with an in-school suspension.
School Administrators accused all the students of lying or misunderstanding the program but then said, “The intent of the activity was to build stronger, more respectful relationships among students.”
Another letter was sent home to parents explaining the game but a number of parents are not appeased.
Parents need to ask for the curricula for this program.
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