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Bullying and Harassment in Teaching

Discussion in 'Education news' started by ridleyrumpus, May 10, 2019.

  1. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

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  4. Jamvic

    Jamvic Senior commenter

    Very depressing read but an interesting report. Thanks for posting it.
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  5. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I shall use some of this in a satirical attack column I am writing about the inspiring and consistently fair joy which is modern teaching in Merrie Olde England today...
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  6. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    This is a sad reflection on what it is like to be a teacher in education today. It is sick.

    What bolsters this bullying and harassing culture are the truly awful systems and processes that support these individuals and groups, who (in my experience) intentionally and sometimes psychopathically set out bring teachers to their knees.

    The bullies see failure-to-be-caught as a green light to carry on, correctly suspecting nothing of any substance will be done to stop their activities. The bullies then suck the oxygen out of work place setting, and by the time their malignancies are uncovered (usually when the proverbial mat has run out of space underneath it for another load of their muck) staff health will have been impaired or wrecked. The bully/bullies will have been allowed to leave, sometimes with a good references, so that they can damage another workplace. I don't think from personal experience what happened with Aydin Onac at St. Olave's is a one off. It's just one that we know. There were concerns about him before he arrived at St. Olave's but he was able to gain the HT post in spite of those concerns.

    Education expects that its teachers possess and demonstrate a whole array of empathetic skills for their classroom practice, then puts in charge of those teachers 'personalities' who are personality disordered and lacking such skills.

    Education often allows
    • a reporting system not worth the name in practice
    • ditto whistle blowing
    • bullies to be unchallenged
    • intimidating behaviour frequently mistaken by some as 'toughness' and 'strength'
    • allows bullies to jump ship unpunished by those who should be dealing with them
    • them to make a smooth transition to a new position (and sometimes improved pay package)
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  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    The colours are cheerfully at odds with the content!
  8. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    Bullying and harassment in schools are not merely endemic, they are structural.

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