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Bullying and the Brain: Using Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence to Help Kids Cope


reviewed by Ronald B. Jacobson September 25, 2006

coverTitle: Bullying and the Brain: Using Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence to Help Kids Cope
Author(s): Gary R. Plaford
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578863961, Pages: 165, Year: 2006
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Like most students, I lived in fear of the small slights and public humiliation used to enforce the rigid high school caste system.  There was a boy named Marty at my school...who was beaten up daily for years.  Jocks would rip his clothes, knowing that his parents could not afford to buy him a new uniform...He couldn’t walk the halls without being called a fag, and a freshman would beat him up to impress older kids...Another kid I know was thrown through a plate-glass window by a jock when he was a sophomore.  When his mother complained to the principal, she was told that if her son insisted on dressing the way he did...he’d have to get used to being thrown through plate-glass windows...While I didn’t suffer the extreme abuse some of my friends did, I was [messed] with enough to spend four years fantasizing about blowing up my high... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 25, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12732, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 3:14:18 AM

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  • Ronald Jacobson
    University of Washington
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    RONALD B. JACOBSON is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington. His main work involves the philosophical or theoretical consideration of dispositional transformation (transforming desire), specifically focused in confronting the phenomenon of bullying within schools. His recent paper, Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil: Education, Humiliation, and Learning to Be Together (Journal of Thought, Summer 2005), focuses on the issues of relational transformation and the intricacies of being human together.
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