Celebrating 100 posts — the Top 15 most popular

Well, yesterday marks a milestone for me.  100 posts since I began the blog.  I've been amazed at what all has happened since then; so many of you have read and participated in the varying topics from "ordinary" social skills and character discussions to the many, many on school bullying.

In honor of the "centennial" posting, here's a list of the Top 15 most popular posts with links and also the first post...

Thanks to all of you that have joined me on this journey.  Hope to keep adding to our group as we going into the second 100 post era!

  1.  "Text Rage:" Technology doesn't CAUSE youth violence
  2. Report: OnLine Ed beats traditional? Think again
  3. What if schools were run like a business?
  4. "Race to the Top" requires improved teacher effectiveness
  5. Effectiveness of anti-bullying programs
  6. Wayne Treacy "explains" his actions
  7. High School -- 1959 vs. 2009
  8. 2009 NCES Indicators of School Crime and Safety: Still think there’s no problem?
  9. "Teachers don't have time..."
  10. Teens and offensive speech: "...part of  the common vernacular.”
  11. About Corinne Gregory
  12. Scott Oki - "Outrageous Learning:" another voice begging for transformation
  13. 44 States now have anti-bullying laws
  14. New reports imply Phoebe Prince had it coming?
  15. Teacher caught on camera beating student

And the very first one, May 2, 2009:

Would love to hear your comments on which post is your favorite or least favorite of those in the list and why.  Also, if you have a particular topic or issue you'd like me to discuss, drop me an email and I'll be happy to add it to the list of issues we can explore!

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New reports imply Phoebe Prince had it coming?

In the last couple of days, articles have appeared in the media that seem to be trying to shed "new light" on the case of Phoebe Prince's bullying suicide.  One bombshell, in Slate Magazine, provides a fairly detailed outline of the teen's life and circumstances before her death. In the article, references were made to her incidents of cutting herself, how she poached other people's boyfriends, and the implication is that she is at least partly to blame for what ultimately happened to her.

Ok, maybe it's just me, but this entire article offends me.  It's the same as saying, "well, she deserved to be raped because she wore provocative clothing." Rubbish. (more…)

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“Merely words?” Oh the damage they can do…

Have you ever seen a movie or TV courtroom scene where something gets said by someone in the witness stand and, once the attorney screams "Objection," the judge advises that, "will the jury please strike that from the record?"

Dutifully, the stenographer stikes out the statement and, theoretically, the words disappear from the "offical" proceedings. But what about the human physche? Can we just push an "erase" button on our brains? (more…)

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