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A Bully Idea: Why Not Do the Same for Boys?

By Richard Whitmire — December 10, 2010 1 min read

Feds are soliciting ideas from the public about successful anti-bullying programs -- an area where, apparently, they lack research.

From the press release:

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Task Force announced today that it will begin accepting submissions from the public of field-based practices to combat bullying. Entries that are approved for posting on the website--www.bullyinginfo.org--can include formats ranging from research articles to youth-produced public service announcements (PSAs). All materials and resources posted must be free of charge and hosted on either a government or non-profit website. "We know that many programs are successfully addressing bullying and want to share those materials with others," says Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education's Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools who also chairs the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Task Force. "Our goal is to create an easy, central location for anyone to access information."

How is this any different from the boy troubles, another area where the DOE lacks research? A lot of educators are out there trying things, pretty much on their own. If you’re not going to launch the research, why not launch a parallel program to learn what works for boys?

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