School for Children

On Bullying: Bank Street Hosts Author Emily Bazelon

Posted by Katie Peshut on March 23, 2013

Steve McFarland www.stevetm.comOn March 13, Bank Street School for Children hosted acclaimed journalist Emily Bazelon, author of the bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

A senior editor at Slate who has appeared on The Colbert Report, Bazelon is a leading voice on the heated issue of bullying in and out of schools. Her even-handed book sensitively deals with both the psychological effects of bullying and the broader context of how educators, courts, kids, and parents have dealt with it.

Asked why Bank Street was a good venue for talking to educators about bullying, Bazelon said, “Bank Street has such an amazing reputation and a history of innovation in education reform, and this is a problem that needs a lot of thinking about solutions.”

School for Children parent Dafna Linzer interviewed Bazelon at the event. Linzer recently joined as Managing Editor, and has had an impressive career in journalism covering national security and foreign affairs. The two met when Bazelon edited a piece of Linzer’s, after which they became friends and colleagues.

Anshu Wahi, the School for Children's Director of Diversity and Community, coordinated Bazelon’s visit. Wahi has been at the College since September, and works closely with student and parent affinity groups. At the moment, she is starting an Upper School (grades 5-8) student affinity group around gender and sexuality diversity. Wahi holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard, and ran a program focused on religious diversity in education at the Tanenbaum Center before joining Bank Street.

Wahi noted that while Bank Street doesn’t see much overt bullying, “the advent of social networking really does change the face of what behavior looks like,” particularly with the older kids. “Even at great schools with support networks, it’s important to be mindful that this goes on. It happens outside of these walls, too, and we want kids to feel responsibility for the greater community.”

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