“A cherished belief runs deep in our psyches: A belief in the compassion of teachers whose heroic efforts transform the lives of students. There is truth in the narratives that support this view, but there is also a darker side to this mythos. In a small minority of teachers, an ugly undercurrent of mean-spirited and disdainful conduct toward students also exists. This conduct constitutes a corruption of the role of educator and does enormous damage to students, colleagues and the public’s faith in schools.”

— Alan McEvoy

“Abuse of Power”, Teaching Tolerance

Bullying by teachers in the classroom environment is the subject of the latest article published by Northern Michigan University Sociology and Anthropology department head Alan McEvoy.

“My personal interest in the phenomenon of teachers who bully has its roots in childhood experiences with a few teachers and coaches who waged a daily reign of terror over students,” McEvoy wrote in the article. “As an expert in school violence, my professional interest originated years ago while doing teacher in-service training on bullying.”

The story also ran on World Suicide Prevention Day, which is another focus of McEvoy’s articles. He has also written about rape, gambling, gangs and abuse in an effort to help victims heal and prevention education.

Teaching Tolerance was started in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center and helps provide educational material to teachers about reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and equal school experiences.

The full article can be read HERE.

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