Teaching Civility Can Reduce School Bullying

Summary: This article explores the issue of bullying and proposes a focus on teaching civility and SEL instead of focusing directly on anti-bullying itself. “Schools need to focus on embracing civility and kindness rather than preventing bullying and ensure that staff members know how to respond to hurtful situations.”

Source: Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, September 19, 2017

Categories:  Anti-Bullying, Emotional Intelligence,


“The [bullying] problem calls for creative solutions that need to be embedded in the learning culture. In the past, teachers could assume that students were taught rules of society, civility and kindness at home, but this assumption does not hold true any longer. Social-emotional learning can help address bullying issues, and counseling efforts need to be increased to deal with bullies and victims alike.”

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