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Why School Teachers Ignore Bullying Amongst Their Students

Sometimes a social pathology becomes so pervasive that most people start normalizing it. Bullying at school, especially in N. America, is a good example of a pathological behavior pattern that has been normalized. I have long believed that bullying at school is a product of compulsory institutionalized schools, which came into being within the last century or so. Of late, we hear a bit more about bullying that we used to- primarily because of bullying related student suicides, homicides and documentaries. However this post is not about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of bullying, but about something even more troubling.

Why do teachers ignore bullying amongst their students?

Given that teachers are the adults supervising children in school, are they not responsible for the welfare of all children under their supervision? at least theoretically? So why don’t they show much desire, initiative or even willingness to do something about bullying? What stops them, or more importantly- why don’t they seem to care?

The conventional answers to this question include a variety of reasons ranging from school policy and various laws, lack of time, lack of resources, inadequate pay and supposed concerns about bureaucratic nightmares etc. But are these excuses valid? Why don’t these same reasons affect the ability of schools to implement various zero-tolerance policies, install and staff metal detectors at suburban schools, implement intrusive lunch policies etc?

I believe that the reason behind their apparent inability to significantly reduce bullying amongst their students is linked to the real nature of the relationship between teachers and their students in institutionalized school systems. Others have previously noted that schools are rather similar to prisons and factories. I will take that analogy one step further.

Schools are functionally similar to concentration camps for children. The relationship between students and teachers is therefore equivalent to that between concentration camp inmates and their guards and overseers.

Like concentration camps, schools are run for the benefit of their employees (teachers etc) and business benefiting from their existence. They are not run for the benefit of their inmates.. I mean students. The inmates exist to help the employees justify their continued pay. While that does sometime necessitate the pretense of caring for the inmates, all such acts are for show and profit. Schools as an institution have no reason for providing their students decent education, supervision or food. They only provide the bare minimum of the above to avoid public outrage, shutdown and potential loss of income for the employees. Business also profit from schools, either directly by selling useless or substandard crap to students and schools or indirectly by abusing.. I mean employing or further exploiting (universities) the purposefully damaged products of the system.

The whole system is an engine which burns fuel (childhood) to make money for people who pretend to care about the fuel.

Now some of you might be stupid enough to believe that privatizing schools would magically change this situation. It won’t.. because privatization does not change the incentives or basic framework. If anything, privatization will fuck things even more. It really boils down to why we supposedly require institutionalized schooling.

The motivation behind institutionalized schooling has always been the destruction of free thought and imposition of tyranny. It is about creating damaged, uniform adults who will slave away at boring jobs to enrich a few. The scam worked well for many decades.. and then effective contraception happened. Today the combination of women in the workplace, contraception, decreased structural ability to profit from simple worker enslavement has put a real damper on their business model.

It is no coincidence that schools have responded to a decrease in growth rate of their fuel.. I mean children, by making it more expensive and complicated to educate each child- thereby wringing out more money per unit of fuel.. I mean child.

I am aware that this post was about why teachers ignore bullying amongst their students. As you can see, that or any other issue concerning child welfare is just not relevant to their business model.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. April 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    25% of teachers see nothing wrong with bullying or putdowns and consequently intervene in only 4% of bullying incidents.


  2. April 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I was the least popular kid in my h.s.-my face got beat almost as much as your penis–and we both know that’s allot….


  3. InT
    April 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Many reasons
    -a side effect of hierarchical power structures (the psychological mode they put people in)
    -economics (teacher’s unions buffering against getting fired)
    -law (the hot water a teacher might get into if they physically intervene in a fight.)

    • P Ray
      April 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      There are teachers who punish students without proof … and who teach subjects they have no qualifications in … or mark down students without properly assessing the answers (victimisation) or pass students they like (favouritism).
      The idea that teachers do not much of anything is incorrect,
      there are many ways they can do wrong without seeming to be doing anything.

  4. P Ray
    April 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    School (NOT University-level, so please hold your lunch) teachers are among the “dumbest” (by intelligence NOT cunning – they are VERY cunning) people with university qualifications.
    That, and the social science majors (including Psychology).
    It stands to reason why they ignore bullying:
    1. They’re lazy
    2. They’re stupid.
    3. If somebody else does a better job than them they keep them out if that person does not have a teaching license.
    4. It is in their interest to peddle the fiction that they are the only people qualified to teach.
    5. If anybody challenges what they say, they get awful mad … since that points out that they are essential crowd control in classrooms, and not educators.

    I respect my (qualified) university lecturers.
    Today’s generation of school teachers – not so much.
    They were the ones getting drunk/drugged in university and sleeping around … while winning their arguments through volume and not reason.

    • April 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Bullies exist not only in school, but in the real world. People should toughen up and prepare for it. However, one reason is because school teachers are bullies themselves. This is why they practice shit like…

      1) Favortism via sexism
      2) Favortism via colorism
      3) Favortism via age-ism (high school “seniors” are held to higher regards than their younger counterparts).

      Do not forget that, as AD said, it’s bad for business. They are only there for a paycheck and other perks. Nothing more, nothing less. Like other so-called “authority figures”, they don’t give a fuck about you. All they want is a show. Another reason is because of their ability to eradicate someone more “qualified” than them. This is why people say stupid shit like “Don’t correct your college professor. They’re more ‘qualified’ than you.” Or “Don’t correct your manager”.

      • P Ray
        July 3, 2018 at 8:55 am

        In the same CONservative vein, people shouldn’t expect to go to school for an education; that’s what life is for, right?
        U.S. Court: Detroit students have no right to access to literacy
        by Michael Jackman July 02, 2018 at 11:03 AM

        Jamarria Hall, plaintiff in the literacy rights lawsuit dismissed on Friday. – PHOTO BY DOUG COOMBE
        Photo by Doug Coombe
        Jamarria Hall, plaintiff in the literacy rights lawsuit dismissed on Friday.
        On Friday, dumped out with the least desirable news of the week came word that a lawsuit arguing that Detroit students were being denied an education had been dismissed.

        Perhaps you remember the case. MT presented a cover story about it last year. With the help of a public interest law firm, a handful of Detroit students charged in federal court that educational officials in Michigan — including Gov. Rick Snyder — denied them access to an education of any quality.

        The lawsuit took pains to illustrate how Detroit’s schools — run under a state-appointed emergency manager — were a welter of dysfunction: overcrowded classrooms, lack of textbooks and basic materials, unqualified staff, leaking roofs, broken windows, black mold, contaminated drinking water, rodents, no pens, no paper, no toilet paper, and unsafe temperatures that had classes canceled due to 90-degree heat or classrooms so cold students could see their breath.

        At times, without teachers or instructional materials, students were simply herded into rooms and asked to watch videos. One student claimed to have learned all the words to the film Frozen in high school. The lawsuit even mentions one eighth grade student who “taught” a seventh and eighth grade math class for a month because no teacher could be found.

  5. jhbowden
    April 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Touching, of any kind, of a helicopter parent’s child for *any* reason can lead to a battery arrest. If the parent is a woman and you’re a man, police and law enforcement will be on someone’s side 100%, and you guys know which one.

    If I was a teacher, even if I knew bullying was rampant, I would look the other way as much as I could.

    • P Ray
      April 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      So have a temporary woman teacher around for that purpose.
      Not all teachers on the payroll are occupied 100% of the time.

    • rachaellefler
      January 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Just because you cannot put your hands on a child does NOT mean you can or should sit by and do nothing! People like you are why I have PTSD so thanksafuckinglot!

  6. April 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    The bullied children tend to be the more intelligent…

  7. onessbeing
    September 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

    The role of most teachers is a bully. Why would they even notice when students are acting out the very behavior that they themselves are so proficient at? The only reason I can see for teachers reporting bullying is if it somehow interferes with their own bullying. I think the very reason children bully each other is that they have had such intensive training in it by having their teacher role model the behavior twenty four seven year after dreadful year.

    Here are a couple questions I put to my school district last year.

    It says in your handbook that bullying is defined as “any written, verbal, or physical act intended to cause fear or distress.” Please describe to me in detail how you are asking children to bend over and receive a blow from a wooden board without causing fear or distress?”

    It also says that “bullying” is “strictly forbidden.” So given that it would be impossible to strike a child without intentionally causing fear or distress, why is bullying prohibited for students and not for the staff?

    Of course, everyone I put these questions to completely ignored me by not responding at all which of course is just another form of bullying.

    Is it any wonder why children bully? Most children have to spend more time with their teachers than they do at home.

  8. P Ray
    July 23, 2016 at 12:46 am

    “‘I was bullied for seven years… now I have a gun’: Munich mall shooter responds to ‘mad Turk’ taunts from onlookers by insisting he is a working-class German out for revenge”
    The Munich shopping mall shooter claimed he is a working-class German out for revenge. A video which was posted on social media, claims to show the gunman in conversation with the man on a balcony. The killer was identified early today as an 18-year-old German-Iranian who has been living in Munich for some time. He was responding to taunts from onlookers, who filmed his movements of the car park roof of the Olympic Shopping Centre in the district of Moosach, after he went on a deadly rampage. At least nine people have been killed in the attack yesterday evening. The gunman’s body has been found half a mile from the scene after he reportedly turned the gun on himself.

    Time for teachers to give a damn about students who get bullied.

    Somewhat related: Erfurt school massacre of 2002: While the motive is unknown, media reports assumed it to be related to Steinhäuser’s expulsion from school without qualifications and his subsequent feeling of victimhood and hopelessness regarding his future job opportunities.[2]

    Robert Steinhäuser (born 21 January 1983) was a student of the Gutenberg Gymnasium until early October 2001. At the end of September 2001 he had spent a few days away from school, for which he presented a mandatory medical certificate which was quickly identified as a forgery. Because of this forgery Steinhäuser was expelled.

    Due to the regulations used in the State of Thuringia (German: Thüringen) at this time, Steinhäuser on expulsion found himself with no qualifications at all, and therefore very limited job prospects. – Wikipedia

    Of course, Steinhäuser can’t be a terrorist, since he’s white

    • P Ray
      August 28, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      Remember, “getting bullied is the lesser of 2 evils” … points to the motivation of a lot of human beings as “exercise cruelty against targets that can’t fight back; even better if the target can be made out to be the villain, that way your cruelty is justified”:

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