It’s Anti-Bullying week here at CGB, and our entire community is committed to anti-bullying and our leadership team will speak about the slogan, respect, leadership, acceptance, diversity, empathy, and the celebration of life. In honor of anti-bullying week, a series of activities have been designed to encourage discussions about acceptance, tolerance, and what to do in the event of bullying. We also decided to devote one TOK lesson this week to anti-bullying. We started out the discussion with ‘How does bullying fit into our ways of knowing’? We also asked students to share their personal experience with bullying -we asked: Were you ever bullied?, or Were you ever a bully? The discussion today was surprising and beautiful. Some students shared their horrific experience of being bullied whilst others shared that they were in fact bullies. One student shared his story of being a part of a bully group where he and his friends placed a bag over another boys head and proceeded to punch and beat him. After sharing his story, he looked at a fellow student (who had previously shared a story of being bullied) and said that he wished he could go back and say ‘I’m sorry’. It was a magical moment and I’m so grateful that my students had the courage to share their experiences. Here is the TED Talk: To This Day … for the bullied and beautiful by Shane Koyczan that I shared during our seminar, which ultimately inspired our real and heartfelt discussion on bullying.
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson (TED.com).