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The study on which this book reports addressed "ways of changing a school's climate using a randomized, controlled study …[which involved] nine schools and thousands of children." The book, dedicated to "Educators all over the planet…," is rich in powerful insights into what really makes for a safe school and an unsafe school. For those who think they know, this is a wake-up call. Things are not always what they look like from a surface sweep. Twemlow and Sacco deserve society's attention and psychoanalysis' praise. Educational administrators, educators at all levels - principals, teachers and coaches - , as well as social scientists - sociologists, socially concerned psychiatrists, psychologists and psychoanalysts -, social historians, clergy and others have to read this book. And, oh yes, State Governors and City Mayors would be wizened by it.
This new book by some of the leading experts and pioneers in the field of bullying prevention...is a welcome addition to the literature on this subject: it is the product of extensive experience, perceptive observation and wise reflection, and should be of immense practical help to everyone concerned with this problem, which ultimately includes all of us — parents, teachers, school boards, administrators, and most of all, our children — who are, after all, our future. I commend this book to everyone who cares about the future of this country and, indeed, every country.
The authors' use of clear examples from their work in schools ranging from kindergarten to high school, combined with their focus on changing the school climate through respectful and conscientious engagement with teachers, and a program carefully constructed to address the concerns of the specific school, provides the reader with an excellent understanding of the current state of bullying in schools as well as hands-on methods for engaging schools and communities to effectively address the problem. This is an excellent engagement in the bully prevention process and one
1 Myths, Fallacies, and Truths About School Violence Prevention 5
2 Buy In: Nothing Happens Without It 31
3 Understanding Power Dynamics, Power Struggles, and Power Issues 51
4 Bystanding: The Forgotten Causal Factor in Violence 67
5 Feeling Safe at School 81
6 The Natural Leader: Mentalization and Altruism 93
7 Creating a Game Plan 103
8 Discussing the Undiscussables 117
9 Evaluating What We Do 133
10 Community and Institutional Resources 155