Neuroscience and bullying or emotional abuse by educators

October 2, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

A recent article in Edutopia, looks at the effect of bullying on the brain. Written by Dr Jennifer Fraser, it is titled What Neuroscience Reveals about Bullying.

The article is less of discussion as to why teachers and coaches would bully students and more about the serious effect of emotional abuse when it is not addressed and resolved.

She discusses five bullying myths:

  1. Teens are almost adults and need to develop thick skins
  2. Bullying is actually tough love meant to make kids stronger
  3. Emotional abuse is not as serious as physical or sexual abuse
  4. Bullying is just a part of growing up
  5. Students and athletes reach their potential under bullying regimes

Teacher bullying (emotional) should not be confused with revving up a passion for excellence, and students and parents should not be intimidated by a perceived power or authority imbalance.

Check it out!


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