Wednesday, September 19, 2012
What can moms and dads in Ladue, Frontenac, Clayton and Richmond Heights do to help stop practices such as the obscene annual list of graduating senior girls at Ladue Horton Watkins High School?
This week's installment focuses on ending bullying in schools throughout the St. Louis area. Recent reports have spotlighted a yearly list at Ladue Horton Watkins High School that describes graduating senior girls in obscene ways. So onto this week's question: In light of those reports, what are you saying to your teenagers to encourage them not to perpetuate such activities? Is there any hope that bullying between high school boys and girls will end anytime soon?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A new pamphlet by the National School Boards Association spells out guidelines school officials should use to combat bullying, an issue many St. Louis-area schools have dealt with.
New guidelines from the National School Boards Association, released this week, spell out ways school officials should address the issue of bullying in their classrooms, while protecting the First Amendment rights of students. The guidelines (PDF) start with the free speech issue: "The fact that some speech deeply upsets, offends or angers some citizens is not a justification for banning or limiting the speech....In general, a listener is free to avoid hateful speech, to turn away, and, of course, to respond and to challenge it. But listeners may not insist that government silence the speech." (Please see the PDF file attached to this article for more details.) An article in Education Week notes that "the new guidelines were produced by …
Friday, December 16, 2011
The Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board could not reach agreement Thursday about whether to adopt policy revisions guiding how administrators discipline students for behavior that occurs outside of school property.
- Nate Birt
Friday, December 16, 2011
Civil liberties and the regulation of off-campus behavior became the focus of a lengthy discussion Thursday among members of the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education and Superintendent Linda Henke. At issue are proposed changes to a district policy known as JG-R. It governs how administrators discipline students. The Missouri School Boards' Association has recommended numerous policy updates for individual districts. MRH Board Treasurer Nelson Mitten reviewed the proposed changes and on Thursday provided his own analysis of which to adopt or amend. The board ultimately reached an impasse, tabling discussion of that measure and several related items. It approved policy revisions related to teacher salary schedules, the reporting of…
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
And who should they speak with first?
School is in session again starting Wednesday in many suburban St. Louis school districts. For many students, it's a time of excitement over friends, fall sports, new school supplies and more. For some, it's a time of anxiety. Suppose your child, who attends middle school, comes home and reports that someone got shoved to the ground, resulting in a skinned knee. You suspect some bullying is happening. So onto this week's question: How would you address bullying at your child's school? Would you contact school officials or take other action?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
"Cruel to be Kind?" is a joint project of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.
Scenes from Shakespeare's As You Like It will be performed this week in Clayton as part of an effort to educate families about bullying. "Art can reach one's heart and soul quicker than anything else," said Jacqueline Langley, an adult psychoanalyst and an advanced candidate in child psychoanalysis at the Ladue-based St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. She edited multiple drafts of the specialized play—called Cruel to be Kind?—which will be performed Thursday at Clayton High School in an event sponsored by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Langley participated in the graduate department of theater at the University of Nebraska while getting her doctorate in psychology. Both subjects are her passions, and both allow a person to emotionally …