Date: 2009-09-07 06:14 am (UTC)
My point was more that all of these things get thrown into the same basket, so that the totally understandable and necessary and ethical desire to protect kids from bullying gets equated with transient skirmishes, and even with 'protecting' kids from 'exposure' to deviant people, because the central idea seems to be that anything out of the ordinary could be damaging. The reaction, say, of some parents to sex ed seems to be as fierce, and articulated through pretty much the same language ('my child shouldn't have to experience x') as the response to bullying.

My point is not that there aren't differences between bullying and, say, keeping kids away from people with disabilities, but that this model treats them as equivalent, meaning that differences are always situated as damaging. Is that clearer? For the record, I'm totally on board with dealing with bullying, and yes, I agree, it's really important, partly because it's an indicator that anti-bias work isn't quite functioning at the correct level in the school, and partly because kids just shouldn't have to go through that. My concern is that when the model of 'protect kids from anything traumatic' gets extrapolated out, as I think it does, so that almost anything different winds up in the same basket...
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