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BHS students show eighth graders that name-calling hurts (CT)
The Branford Review ^ | 1/26/2006 | Puppage

Posted on 01/26/2006 10:26:37 AM PST by Puppage

BRANFORD - Through an informal seminar and improvisational theater format, Branford High School's Cultural Diversity Club provide the eighth graders at Walsh Intermediate School with an in depth look at name-calling, teasing and harassment and how to deal with these issues.

All realities that occur on a daily basis, WIS Principle Robin Goeler said that he and other teachers have been enthusiastic about the annual assembly entitled "Worse Than Sticks & Stones: Why Name-Calling Hurts Everyone" and believes that it is instrumental in readying the students for their transition into high school.

"We think it's great," Goeler said. "I think it prepares them for some of the things they're going to be facing at BHS or any high school for that matter." Following the assembly's opening, dubbed powerful by Goeler, on Jan. 19, BHS Assistant Principle David Maloney was encouraged by the students' response to the club members' skits that dealt with the acts and consequences of bullying, discrimination, stereotyping and prejudice.

"We're just ecstatic about it," he said. "The faculty and students in eighth grade received it very, very well. I think that our kids felt very good that the message got through." Members of BHS clubs Asian Awareness and Gay Straight Alliance collaborated with the Cultural Diversity Club to give the eighth graders a chance to learn, reflect and discuss these issues that occur in and out of the classroom. The assembly occurred over a three-day period on Jan. 19, 23 and 24.

"The approach for the whole program is for the student leaders at the high school to empower the kids at Walsh to recognize that words really can hurt and words have powerful messages," Maloney said. "So through the improvisational theater and through the skits, it's a very non judgmental way for them to pass the message along and they do it very effectively." By presenting ways they learned to face their tormentors and the remorse they experienced when offending others with unkind actions, the club members use the skits to communicate both sides of bullying. Students are then given the opportunity to react to the sketches, express their opinions and answer questions posed to them.

Some of the questions posed to WIS students inquire about their perceived role in in helping others deal with the issues raised by the presentation and what can be done, individually and collectively at the school, to increase respect for diversity and decrease prejudice and discrimination.

Maloney said that the program was an "action plan" developed by the Cultural Diversity Club eight years ago, that was aimed at helping students deal with name-calling, teasing and messages of "hate and harassment." All are very real concerns that students will most likely face within today's "imperfect world," he added. Building "positive" relationships amongst kids, parents and teachers is just one way to overcome these realities and are of equal importance in school as are "curriculum and assessment and instruction," he said.

Through the diverse aspects of the program, the club members are emphasizing just that and helping the students to realize their full potential in an environment where everything from a bad haircut or an uncool outfit to sexual orientation and religious affiliation can lead to teasing. Over the last eight years, Maloney said that the assembly has been looking closer at "cyberbullying," which is a newer form of harassment that occurs over the Internet and has become more prevalent. By focusing on this current phenomena and others, the Cultural Diversity Club and others have been working to shatter the barriers of prejudice and racism and the realities that often accompany them. Overall, the members have been placing their time and efforts into the program with the overall goal of forging communities of mutual respect at WIS and BHS.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: homoagenda; homosexualagenda
Members of BHS clubs Asian Awareness and Gay Straight Alliance

What, no albino club?

1 posted on 01/26/2006 10:26:40 AM PST by Puppage
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To: Puppage

"BHS students show eighth graders that name-calling hurts"

This is news to eighth graders? That's why they do it.


2 posted on 01/26/2006 10:30:42 AM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: Puppage

Argument #95271 for home skrooling.


3 posted on 01/26/2006 10:31:10 AM PST by mbraynard (I don't even HAVE a mustache!)
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To: Puppage

Wah, wah, wah.

"Asian Awareness Club"? Sounds like a boring club to me. What do they do--sit around and bemoan the fact that there aren't more Asians on the football team?


4 posted on 01/26/2006 10:31:44 AM PST by Calico Cat
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To: Puppage
Kindergarten Republicans used to call me a Spineless RINO on the playground.

"He's a spineless RINO

Na-na-na-na-na-na"

Then I eventually grew a spine and became more conservative by, oh, 3rd grade or so.
5 posted on 01/26/2006 10:32:48 AM PST by jdm
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To: Puppage

This really readys kids for the real world, where no one will every call you a name.


6 posted on 01/26/2006 10:33:22 AM PST by 50sDad (It's not "diversity" for you to steal my Christmas.)
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To: Puppage

So is Asian Awareness for Asians or just whites who are aware that Asians exists? Or since the other group had to do with sexual identity, maybe Asian Awareness is for guys who like Asian women.


7 posted on 01/26/2006 10:33:34 AM PST by KarlInOhio (During wartime, some whistles should not be blown. - Orson Scott Card)
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To: jdm
Kindergarten Republicans used to call me a Spineless RINO on the playground.

ROFLMAO!

8 posted on 01/26/2006 10:34:52 AM PST by KarlInOhio (During wartime, some whistles should not be blown. - Orson Scott Card)
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To: Puppage
WIS Principle Robin Goeler said that he and other teachers have been enthusiastic about the annual assembly entitled "Worse Than Sticks & Stones: Why Name-Calling Hurts Everyone"

Sounds like Principle Goeler doesn't remember what it's like to get smacked by sticks or stones.

9 posted on 01/26/2006 10:37:20 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green
Worse Than Sticks & Stones

I suggest that all students take a pledge not to indulge in name calling any more. Instead, they should promise to only throw rocks at the homosexuals.

10 posted on 01/26/2006 10:39:52 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Puppage

SUCK IT UP, pansy boys. Life ain't all a walk through the daisies.


11 posted on 01/26/2006 10:40:24 AM PST by RedBeaconNY (Vous parlez trop, mais vous ne dites rien.)
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To: jdm

Teasing is a two edged sword.

When you don't use it to sit around in a self absorbed pity party you just might develop some coping skills and build character.


12 posted on 01/26/2006 10:42:36 AM PST by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty.)
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FYI: No Name-Calling Week, a project of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (village indoctrination) in collaboration with more than 40 leftist and liberal education organizations, officially kicked off in politically correct schools nationwide today. The project is aimed at indoctrinating grades five through eight into embracing homosexuality as 'normal', but students and educators at other grade levels can easily adapt the propaganda program and materials.

13 posted on 01/26/2006 10:48:25 AM PST by DBeers ()
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To: KarlInOhio

Guys wo like Asian women?

Sign me up, dude!


14 posted on 01/26/2006 10:49:17 AM PST by Norman Conquest (My old man taught me two things: Mind own business, and always cut cards.)
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To: Puppage

We're talking about 12-14 year olds who are on an active hormonal drive for the next few years.


15 posted on 01/26/2006 10:53:06 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Puppage
It would be less expensive to just buy each student a dictionary and teach them to use it. Name-calling is a sign of one who knows they have lost an arguement and have depleted their vocabulary.

Muleteam1

16 posted on 01/26/2006 10:58:13 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: Puppage

Freaking amazing - when I was a kid, the response to name-calling was, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." It was a sane response and served a good purpose. Now days, they get some psycho psychologists to determine that it's easier to protect kids from life instead of teaching them to deal with it. End result - a citizenry of emotional cripples that are told that it's OK to be emotional cripples because life really should be kind and fair.


17 posted on 01/26/2006 11:03:20 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Muleteam1

Stuff it, soaphead!


18 posted on 01/26/2006 11:04:20 AM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: trebb
End result - a citizenry of emotional cripples that are told that it's OK to be emotional cripples because life really should be kind and fair

And, who they hope, will vote democrat.

19 posted on 01/26/2006 11:06:23 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Old Professer

LOL!


20 posted on 01/26/2006 11:10:31 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: Puppage

Jeez, makes my old "sliderule club" sound pretty exciting after all.


21 posted on 01/26/2006 11:12:16 AM PST by Moosilauke
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To: Moosilauke

Never belonged to a club, but I did use a sliderule back in the '60s...


22 posted on 01/26/2006 11:35:12 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Puppage

LOL! Wait until these pansies go looking for a job. Talk about hurt feelings...LOL!


23 posted on 01/26/2006 1:17:48 PM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Last night, ironically while I was FReeping, one of our social work students came into my workplace, the library. He was openly (& noticeably) gay, but a generally nice guy.

He was about the graduate. He told me how he enjoyed social work school, in spite of some of the professors who were "homophobic." (This is a religious college.) He said he wanted to bring the head of the gay-lesbian-bi-tranny alliance to meet with other students (most of whom are religious or conservative).

He then said he was worried about starting life in the "real world." I don't blame him at all. Wait till he finds out it ain't like Manhattan.


24 posted on 01/26/2006 1:42:07 PM PST by MoochPooch (A righteous person worries about his or her behavior, an extremist about everyone else's.)
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To: trebb
Not only that, it teaches kids not to be discerning. As a result it makes them much more vulnerable, to troubled kids who otherwise might have been detected by the instincts of other students, ie: something is wrong here. Not to mention instincts as far as someone targeting them, sexually. What ever happened to stranger danger?? What ever happen to if someone makes you uncomfortable, listen to your instincts, and get away, tell you parents or a police man?
25 posted on 01/26/2006 3:14:32 PM PST by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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26 posted on 01/26/2006 10:36:26 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: Puppage

This article really hurts my feelings.



/s


27 posted on 01/27/2006 5:39:17 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: 50sDad

That's right you jerk!!! (just kidding) LOL...


28 posted on 01/27/2006 6:23:42 AM PST by Andonius_99 (They [liberals] aren't humans, but rather a species of hairless retarded ape.)
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That's right you jerk!!! (just kidding) LOL...

hey! I briefly thought less of myself!

Where's my big pot of money!?!

29 posted on 01/27/2006 9:00:03 AM PST by 50sDad (It's not "diversity" for you to steal my Christmas.)
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To: trebb
when I was a kid, the response to name-calling was, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."

When I was a kid, the accepted practice -- well, maybe not accepted, but effective -- was going up to the kid and breaking his nose with your fist.

You'd be surprised how well that worked.

30 posted on 01/27/2006 9:04:14 AM PST by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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