Recently I had the opportunity to discuss the subject of bullying with several teachers. I was surprised by their reaction when I brought the subject up. All of them had the same response, they said bullying has gone on for decades, was a normal part of life, and not something which they had the power to control/stop.
I am not saying that every teacher on the planet shares their views.
The teachers with whom I was discussing this subject were from different states and towns, which gave me the impression that their views were shared by other teachers across state/town lines.
My questions are these:
Why are (some) teachers' views on bullying so drastically different than those of the general public?
Why do they not see the danger inherent in bullying and the severe damage it does to some children?
Why do they think they are powerless to intervene when they are right there, on the front lines of the bully/victim interaction?