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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 6, 2011 / 7 Elul, 5771

Bullied by anti-bullying?

By Tom Purcell




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Anti-bullying measures are getting pretty tough.

According to The New York Times, New Jersey has implemented the nation's toughest anti-bullying law.

It "demands that all public schools adopt comprehensive antibullying policies (there are 18 pages of 'required components'), increase staff training and adhere to tight deadlines for reporting episodes."

It requires that "each school designate an antibullying specialist to investigate complaints; each district must, in turn, have an antibullying coordinator; and the State Education Department will evaluate every effort, posting grades on its Web site."

Educators who fail to comply could lose their licenses.

I endured my share of bullying when I was little. One bully rubbed my head in dog droppings once.

In eighth grade, another bully -- I'll call him Frankie -- busted up my go-cart. A big, fat kid, he laughed out loud as he kicked my handcrafted vehicle into pieces.

Of course, kids had it better back then. With so many big families around, we always had older siblings to protect us -- in my case, my sister Kris.

She tackled Frankie from behind. As he lay on his belly, Kris pounded his back with abandon. He blubbered like a baby, forever humiliated in front of the other kids.

Kids who are bullied now are so much more isolated. They don't have other kids to turn to.

What's worse is that bullying is a 24-hour activity now, thanks to the Internet and smartphones. Kids can be taunted online by other kids, even when they are locked in their homes.

A lot of kids aren't handling the trend well.

"According to various studies, one in three kids is either bullied or a bully," says Carleton Kendrick, a family therapist and author of "Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's."

"On any given day 160,000 kids are so traumatized by fear and intimidation they're afraid to go to school."

It's no wonder, then, that numerous government and private organizations are promoting anti-bullying campaigns and some 30 states have anti-bullying laws.

But then again, as the New Jersey law shows, aren't we overdoing the anti-bullying some? Aren't adults getting a wee bit too involved?

The unfortunate fact is there is pain in life and no amount of legislation or anti-bullying training will eradicate it.

Some kids are more popular than others. Some are bigger. Some are dumber. Some are bullies and others are bullied.

Regardless, all kids have to learn their own strengths and weaknesses and how to fend for themselves.

New Jersey's encouraging reporting bullying episodes to the Crimestoppers hotline. Consultants are counseling kids on the fine line between "telling and tattling." And educators are under pressure to respond to every bullying episode, real or perceived.

"The law requires districts to appoint a safety team at each school, made up of teachers, staff members and parents, to review complaints," says The Times. "It orders principals to begin an investigation within one school day of a bullying episode, and superintendents to provide reports to state government twice a year detailing all episodes."

Sheesh!

It's a heck of a thing for a kid to be bullied, no doubt. But isn't it a little nutty for overzealous adults to attempt to use government to eradicate all unpleasantness from kids' lives?

What's next, a law to ensure every kid gets a prom date?

Besides, aren't New Jersey's anti-bullying politicians rather ironic? Aren't they carrying on like, well, bullies?

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