We hear a lot about bullying these days, but rarely do we hear about teachers who are bullies. In the many articles and books about bullying, the focus is almost exclusively on peer victimization – actions taken by one youth towards another.
But the small minority of teachers who engage in this pernicious behavior are only infrequently challenged or disciplined, so the behavior persists. There is even a Facebook page, No More Teacher Bullies, with numerous examples of teacher bullying, many contributed by frustrated parents.
In their book, Youth Voice Project, Stan Davis and Charisse Nixon describe their findings from an anonymous online survey of more than 13,000 student in grades 5 – 12 in 31 schools around the nation. In that sample, about 3,000 students