‘Bully’ Is Good, but Knee-Jerk Responses to Bullying Are Not
Some schools have made eye-rolling a punishable offense. But if everything is considered bullying, then nothing is.
By Andrew J. Rotherham for Time Magazine
The new documentary Bully, which opens in theaters tomorrow, is powerful stuff. Try to get through even just the opening sequence without tearing up. Hopefully it will wake up parents, teachers, and school administrators. But let’s also hope they respond thoughtfully to this searing film. Because too often in our rush to address a problem, American educators and politicians have a well-intentioned overreaction that minimizes commonsense in favor of blanket solutions.