Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I am sincerely sorry
your young adulthood was so tragic and difficult, but honestly, just because you developed thick skin doesn't make the bullying you experienced acceptable. I am speaking as an educator. Some folks here may think bullying is just part of being a kid, and to a degree good-humored joking and poking fun at each other is perfectly part of youth, and occasional conflicts and bullying are also part of life, however those of us WHO WORK THERE HAVE TO BE THE ADULT IN THE ROOM. We teachers are NOT teenagers, we simply know better and we are not going to be governed by teenage minds. Bullying is wrong, period. As educators, our goal is to model against it, advocate against it, and ALWAYS intervene and correct when it goes even a second too far. By the way, high school is not important? Hardly, this is where young adults develop crucial social skills while defining their identity and place in the world, high school is a lot more significant than we would all really like to admit.
I understand that you disagree with homosexuality, however as has been pointed out, we live in a pluralistic
society and these are secular
, public schools. That being said, at least we the teachers have an obligation and a necessity
to care for emotional, intellectual, and psychological growth of our students, of any gender, ethnicity, political creed, or sexual orientation. I disagree with a lot of my students, but that doesn't give me a monopoly or the right to use my lectern as a bullypulpit. Further, we are responsible for our students, and we take this responsibility very serious.
We are not going to promote the standard of "kids that is just life and you need to get thicker skin" instead we are trying to better our students lives one kid and classroom at a time, because that is job we set out to do. It is not a status quo think, kids mature and evolve in leaps and bounds every single day of their lives, and we teachers are there to help guide and witness this process. Part of that, is growing a sense of empathy, respect, and tolerance. I am not ashamed to have these as the core of the curriculum in my Districts
and what of the children jah? And what them got? A broken heart in hand trying to make sense of the world.. If you wish please wish them well.."
Groundation Wish Them Will