Admittedly, I wasn't terribly surprised at the findings of a recent study on bullying with respect to New York teens undertaken by Binghamton University, which concluded that all of these newfound "approaches" to bullying are unlikely to yield measurable, tangible results.

Here's the money quotation:

"[T]he research casts doubt on the implementation of “bystander” approaches that encourage students who witness bullying to intervene or report what happened to an adult. In the New York schools only a third of students in the “no risk” category – often considered fertile ground for such strategies – said they would respond to bullying in that way."

In other words, the ones suggesting the solutions failed to account for a "minor" hiccup: the specific students that they rely upon to implement these corrective measures are among the least likely to do so.

Jonathan Cooper
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