Batgirl: I wonder if this new state rating system is not just one more way to scare parents away from public schools and into private schools and charter schools where there never was and never, ever will be anything that even resembles bullying.
Mathmom: I don't see much bullying at my school, but all of my students know they can come to me if they need an advocate, and occasionally someone does. That said, here's what I see: Kids seem to be weaker than they used to be, physically and mentally. More than half of my students have medical alerts on their records; that used to be rare. If anything unpleasant happens, they fall apart. We see girls fighting because somebody said, "That's an ugly shirt."
Teachermom: We live in an age of P.C. hypersensitivity. Kids can't play tag, because someone may get hurt. Kids don't play outside because they might get kidnapped. The bullying issue is no different. Awareness is great, but seeing bullies around every corner is not. Kids cannot be bubble-wrapped, and if they don't learn how to handle rejection and disappointment in low-stakes situations, how are they going to handle big problems? By no means do I think bullying does not exist; I've seen it and had to intervene on behalf of the bullied. But it has become a term that gets thrown around to describe anything kids say or do that make someone's little snowflake sad.