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Standardized Tests | Prepare And Interpret Results

Standardized Tests | Prepare And Interpret Results | Bullying | Scoop.it
What you should know about standardized tests before your child sharpens his #2 pencil. Learn to prepare for and interpret results.

Via Erin Mallory, Rachel Solomon
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There is a lot of controversy over standardized testing. The first thing I wanted to look into is what are their purpose? What are they looking for in the results? When it comes to standardized testing people often just know that they want to do well. But do well at what? What are they really looking for. So it may be helpful to know what are they testing? This article gives a clear precise answer and then expands on that and states some factors that can also affect the result. And what people can do to prepare for them. I also liked that it included a section about how to interpret the result. But then didnt flat out tell how to interpret it. It instead stated that it varies. I think that is important to realize because people often look at standardized testing and how it is all the same. But in fact it is all a little different. Although the may be able to be grouped together these types of tests tell you something specific and it is not all the same. So it is good to know what you are looking for so that when you get the result you understand what it is telling about you. And it isnt always what you would expect. It doesnt just say you were wrong or right there are more nuances within them. I think this is a helpful article when trying to get some facts and ideas about standardized testing and from there we can go more and depth and learn about the actual results of standardized testing.

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Erin Mallory's comment, November 30, 2013 9:34 PM
I chose to scoop this article because in the article you can even see the stress and pressure put on the students in the article. This article provides preparation techniques for the student. It helps show just how far these tests are being taken and how serious students are expected to take it even though the tests are not accurately used.
Rachel Solomon's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:34 PM

This article tells parents what they should know about standardized tests before their child goes to take them, and then it also tells them how to prepare for and interpret their child's test results. This is really important to know because there is no point in taking a standardized test if you don't know how to interpret the results. This article talks about things like what standardized tests measure and what their limitations are. Standardized testing has been a hot topic in the debate world for quite some time, and this is a good article to show what standardized tests are all about. 

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Kids Tell All: I Am More Than a Standardized Test (VIDEO)

Kids Tell All: I Am More Than a Standardized Test (VIDEO) | Bullying | Scoop.it
In the video series, ‘I Am Education,’ a fifth-grader opens up about the pressure he feels from high-stakes exams.

Via Erin Mallory
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This video takes a clear side to standardized testing. And allows me to look into it from an important perspective: one of an actual student. Adults often discuss standardized testing and their opinions about it. But who is mostly affected by the testing is students. So its good to hear an opinion who is actually being affected. I appreciated that at the end of the article they acknowledged the purpose of testing and why they use it and then uses a counter argument to expand on their point. The video also allowed me to see a journey from the student. From when he had his dream to how testing made it difficult to achieve to finally realizing that he isnt defined by a test. And I think that is something that is important for students to realize. I remember many experiences where I wouldnt achieve the result that I was looking for and somehow believed that it meant I was just a failure. But allowing students to realize that it doesnt have to be true allows for us to take a step back and just approach testing with a new perspective. I would like to explore how to reform testing in order to make it fair to everyone. 

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Erin Mallory's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:23 PM

We can sit and preach that standardized testing is stressful and unhelpful to children but it is so much more powerful when it is coming from someone doing it at the moment. That's why I scooped this video. This video is important because it helps show the tremendous stress that students of a very young age are put under. In my opinion, too much weight is put on the tests. However, if we need to do the tests and have all the weight on them, don't let the students know how much weight is put on them.

Keep the children in the dark about why they are taking the test. Don't stress them out and I believe they'll do better. Many times the boy in the video shares that he "hopes he got the answer right" or "hopes that he did well" or knows "its a big test". If he didn't know that it was a big test, maybe he wouldn't put all the pressure on himself and just maybe he woud perform better. 

Dominique Pearl's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:33 PM

It is a useful video because it supports  the topic and gives examples of it.  It supports it because  it has strong opinions  and it convinced me  that SAT is really bad.  It is also interesting and easy to understand. 

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An alternative to standardized testing for student assessment

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Assessment reformers are often challenged, “What would you do instead of standardized testing?” Here's one way.
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This article a new light to standardized testing by actually finding an alternative. I think that the idea of non standardized and performance based tests could be a more effective way of testing. But i wonder if that is true for everyone. This is meant to be a fair method of testing and I think in most ways it is. But what about the for students who have a more difficult time with project based learning. Growing up I remember some projects that I struggled with. I honestly actually sometimes preferred a test to a project. I always believe that was because I had no creativity. But perhaps my creativity is defined in a way that most others don't see. They provided some statistics about how this new form of learning and testing can create success. And so there is clearly a correlation but I wonder if they can even expand some more on these ideas. So that they find a way of testing that will be suited for everyone. I think the idea of an alternative especially related to creativity can be a good path to take to try to make testing fair for everyone. 

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Bullying-Lockers.jpg (1494×995)

Bullying-Lockers.jpg (1494×995) | Bullying | Scoop.it
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This picture shows just a couple of effects of bullying. And though it may seem simple I believe that this could be the first step towards the fight against bullying. This could in some ways work as a motivator. Sometimes it is hard for people to really be passionate against bullying without seeing solid effects. And this picture makes it obvious how much it can effect students and schools. This is not a sentimental video or something with a lot of emotion. It was too the point and yet very cold. It isn't flashy or something attractive to get attention. Its just a list of facts and something most people wouldn't look twice at. Somehow just by stating these facts like they are nothing made an impact I didn't expect. When I work with students usually of around that age I hardly think about it but the fact is most of those people are bullied.And I like this representation because just like this bullying is not flashy and in your face. It is something that is looked over very often. Not all bullying is as obvious as those sentimental videos. Most is not it is in fact usually under the radar. But if you take a moment and look and read then you can see the impact that it can truly  make. But there is much more to learn about bullying. There are many more effects to bullying some that can not be seen as obviously. Also there are still many questiosn to be answered. Such as Who does bullying effect? How do you notice the signs for bullying? What are the most effective ways to put an end to it? Is it possible for it to truly end? There is so much to be learned but the first step is to realize that is important and a worthwile cause. 

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Bully (video game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bully (video game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bully , also known as Canis Canem Edit ( Latin for dog eats dog) for the PAL region PlayStation 2 version, is a 2006 action-adventure open world video game, developed by Rockstar Vancouver and published by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 2 on 17 October 2006 in North America, and 25 October 2006 in the United Kingdom.

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The first time I heard about this was when I looked up bullying and saw this come up. I was with a friend and I said out loud "what is this"? And the response shocked me it was "Oh that game. I actually play that its kind of fun". I couldn't believe it. They had made a whole game based on being a bully. And It wasn't about how to beat the bully it is about being the best bully. I was aware that bullying happened and still does happen somehow in my mind I also believed that people were aware of it. I thought it was the norm to be against it. And that people would do things to fight against it. So it shocked me to think it was a common thing even among people like my friend who I know would not support bullying to still play a game like this. This is a game that is produced and spread out. And I'm willing to bet that most people wouldn't think much about it other than its a fun game. It shocks me to realize that people don't see the kind of dangerous impact this could have. I decided to include this in the newspaper because I think it is important to see how widespread bullying is. This made me realize that bullying is something people are aware of but now it is almost common place. Based on this people dont think too much of bullying. That is just that happens and is not a big deal. And I think that realizing this is important because at least what it says to me is that in order to prevent it people have to realize that it is meaningful. It is not something that just happens. It is something to be prevented. And an important step is awareness.

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Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences | Bullying | Scoop.it
It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.
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I felt a bit torn by this article. While i understood the difference he was trying to explain between rude, mean, and bullying. But I also felt a lot of sympathy for the father. I understand how he might feel troubled because although there are differences the differences can be subtle. There is a very thin line between them. Those actions can escalate so something can easily move from rude to mean to bullying. Because although people dont mean to be rude if they keep repeating those actions and not realizing that they have negative effects there actions can turn into actions that resemble bullying. And by other people doing actions even not meaning to be rude bullies can look at these actions and start to think that doing the same things are ok. So although people should know the difference in order to know how to deal with it they should also be aware of how it can escalade and stay aware of it. This is another article about defining bullying but I thought it was still important to include because it adds another aspect to it. A new perspective helps me think about different ways of prevention. I also believe that it shows a different goal for prevention. I would hope that ending bullying is something everyone wants to do. But by comparing articles it allowed me to see that people ideas for how they want the end result may be different. 

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Anti-Bullying Elementary School Video (Dunsford)

Grade 6 classroom response to Amanda Todd and Bullying. The video is titled "Strength in Numbers". As a group, we have decided it is up to all of us to be aw...
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I think there are certain things that the video does well at portraying. First I like it was effective that it was an actual group of 6th graders because it is at those ages that bullying can be very affective. I also think it was effective that there was just one note saying I wish you were dead. The rest of the notes were just simply saying things such as stinky, dummy, ugly. But thats all that is really needed just planting the thought can be effective enough. And while all the other things are not quite as serious they still grow and grow and expand on that one idea. I also like that they had teachers asking whether the student is ok and she kept saying she was. Because that is usually what actually happens sometimes even when teachers try to help they dont always do an effective job. And even though it can help to get help from a teacher sometimes it can be effective to get help from fellow students as well. It helps to realize that help can come from anywhere and bringing everyone together in order to fight for it is one of the most effective ways of preventing it. I realized you should never underestimate the power of support and sometimes it can be from places you dont expect. 

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Study: Anti-Bullying Programs May Have Opposite Effect | US News and World Report

Study: Anti-Bullying Programs May Have Opposite Effect | US News and World Report | Bullying | Scoop.it

Anti-bullying programs that are now commonplace in schools may be having the opposite of their intended effect, according to new research from the University of Texas, Arlington.

 

In a study published in the Journal of Criminology on Thursday, a team of researchers found that students at schools with anti-bullying initiatives are actually more likely to be victims of bullying than students who attend schools without such programs.

 

The findings contradict the popular belief that anti-bullying programs help prevent physical and emotional bullying. Lead author Seokjin Jeong said in a statement that the programs may help students learn what a bully does and looks like, teaching them how to better hide their behaviors.

 

"The schools with interventions say, 'You shouldn't do this,' or 'you shouldn't do that,'" Jeong said. "But through the programs, the students become highly exposed to what a bully is and they know what to do or say when questioned by parents or teachers."

 

Additionally, the study says that although bullies may learn a variety of anti-bullying techniques, they may simply choose not to practice what they have learned.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This article stuck out to me because I have always seen some issues with antibullying programs. I believe that it is a great thing that school is getting involved and taking preventative actions because that is the first step. But I also believe there are some issues with the methods. Although it is great that they talk about how bullies can change I do not believe that lecturing is the most effective method. Bullying is interactive and often silent so the prevention acts should also be interactive and silent. Meaning that they need to talk to the students and make the prevention more personal. Also I believe it is the nature of certain people to go against what they are told. So by being told not to do something they may choose to do it anyways. Like the article mentioned bullies may just choose to not follow what they learned. I think part of the reason that may happen is because they dont feel responsibility to do so. Since the lectures arent focused directly at them they may not feel a sense of responsibillity. That is another reason being more direct may be helpful because perhaps if they were to talk to students directly they may  realize what they have to do. That goes for the people being bullied as well. Although they may here how to take preventative actions until they actually start to believe in their own self worth preventing bullying is going to be very difficult. And sometimes saying it to them directly may help them understand. But just lecturing it out to a crowd certain people may believe that it does not mean them. That it is directed at others. Sometimes you have to step deeper and get to the root of the problem in order to resolve it.

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Cate Briggs's curator insight, September 29, 2013 2:39 PM

I think this is happening because this school makes students somewhat aware of how bully others. The school is focusing on the negative instead of the positive way to live your life.

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How ETS Approaches Testing: Purpose of Standardized Tests

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Standardized testing is still a controversial topic. But before I begin to form my opinions I felt that I needed direct knowledge of why the schools still use standardized testing. "to provide fair, valid and reliable assessments that produce meaningful results". That is the vision of standardized testing and I understand why that would be. But that makes me wonder meaningful how? What meaning do standardized tests show? One thing I did think was effective was the chart. They took the idea of standardized testing and related it to other aspects of life outside of school. I also understand why they use standardized testing. But I wonder have they thought about other ways to test students. Or is it that standardized testing is just something that they can get a grasp of? I think overall this article allowed me to see some basis to testing and help me understand the testing system but still opened up many question in my mind. Is it truly fair and reliable to everyone? Or could there be disadvantages as well?

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Standardized Testing

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This article begins to explore actual opinions about standardized testing. And allowed me to look from two different perspectives. After getting some knowledge about standardized testing it is good to see some actual opinions about it. Also this article shows that a person does not necessarily have to be against or for standardized testing. It is possible to find issues and some good purposes as well. While I do appreciate the chance to do some comparisons about standardized testing this article did bring up some questions. Such as what is an effective way to test students so that we still have the pros while improving on the cons. The articles mentions on how it allows comparisons. But comparisons about what? And is having comparisons truly a good thing? What is the purpose of the comparison. I included this article because it allowed me to look at different perspectives. And also it allowed me to start truly making some camparison and look at opinions. And it allows me to look further into other explorations. 

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Dominique Pearl's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:17 PM

This article is one of the best articles I've read simply because it hooks me into reading more and follows all checklist points. The 2 things I liked best about this article was that it gives a lot of links to usefull pages in bolded words in which he chose the most important. Also to be a neutrual article it's really good because he does not go in favor of one but gives good reasons for both.

Sophie Taminez's curator insight, May 15, 2014 8:23 AM

I put this article because it really good it has a lot of information.Also you can reed some consequences like closing the school. This information has been written by a school or teachers saying there experience.  

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What Kills Creativity?

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Many American writers fear that standardized testing could be destroying our children. They might be right.

Via Charles Tiayon
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This article is very interesting and poses some interesting questions. And this also allows me to see some actions that were actually taken against standardized testing and learn about the result. That takes me from a realm of ideas to one of actual action. And then it brings up actual statistics about the cost of of this testing. I thought that was interesting because I realized that in relation to standardized testing I was mostly only thinking about how it affected students and why it was important. I never thought about actual economic affects or how it hurt the school and districts. So this allowed me to see yet another perspective. This article poses a question about how standardized testing kills creativity. But my question is how creativity is defined. What do they mean it kills it? And it also says it creates a kids desire to learn. Is it possible that maybe it might actually increase desire for a certain type of student. Creativity is a broad subject so what might be a good way to implement testing to suit all the different aspects of creativity. And how can they make sure that it is truly fair and reliable? 

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:05 AM

More than 120 American writers, including Judy Blume, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Donald Crews, as well as National Book Award winners Kathryn Erskine and Phillip Hoose sent an open letter to the White House warning President Obama that the increasing use of standardized tests in American schools are destroying creativity and undermining “children’s love of reading and literature.” As they wrote: "We are alarmed at the negative impact of excessive school testing mandates, including your Administration’s own initiatives, on children’s love of reading and literature. … requirements to evaluate teachers based on student test scores impose more standardized exams and crowd out exploration."

American children are spending too much time on test prep and “too little time curling up with books that fire their imaginations,” the writers concluded.

While it’s unlikely that this document will result in any change in American education policy—the White House has issued no response, or even acknowledgement, of this letter—it seems to reflect a common concern among educators and writers. “We are creating a generation that hates reading and feels nothing but hostility for literature,” British author Philip Pullman has said. According to an editorial by one teacher in theDenver Post, “standardized tests are killing our students' creativity, desire to learn. The children … have encountered it every year since third grade, and every year it has taken parts of their souls.”

Parts of their souls!

Meleny Weber's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:01 AM

This blog entry is written by a man who is doing a follow-up entry on a recent letter that was written to the White House. This letter was directed towards President Obama and was written by several very famous authors including, Judy Blume, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Donald Crews. They wrote to the President addressing their concerns about standardized testing ruining the children’s’ creative. They are worried because they feel like students are too focused on studying and receiving good test scores that their creativity is dwindling. They have no more free time to curl up with a good book and explore the literature for fun. Whenever they read, they are reading in order to answer a specific question, and not just reading for pleasure anymore. In the entry, one teacher is quoted saying that standardized tests take a part of the children’s’ souls every year. I feel like this quote is slightly aggressive. Yes, the children have to take many tests throughout their school career, and yes they have to begin very young, but these tests do not take up all of their time. The tests are administered at school, during what would be class time. The only “free” time being taken away is the time the students spend studying, which depends on the student him or herself. There was much retaliation against these authors sending a letter because people feel as though they do not have enough knowledge of the topic. There has been no return letter from the White House or any acknowledgment that President Obama has even read it yet. The blog entry then continues on to talk about how these authors came up with the idea that standardized tests are taking away the children’s creativity. I learned that there have actually been several tests/studies to determine the level of creativity in children over time. One test, the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, shows that creativity has decreased steadily since 1960. This test measures the creativity by asking a set of questions that are very open ended, and asks the children to finish the saying. While it is shown that creativity has in fact decreased in children over time, it is hard to relate the decrease to standardized testing. What makes people think it is the tests and not anything else? What I think is there are many other factors affecting students’ creativity. Ever since the 1960s there have been so many new technological advances. When I ask my parents what they did when they were young, they say they played games outside and made up different things to do. Nowadays, children play videogames or watch TV, things that are creative, but the child is not creating them him or herself. While I do see the authors point in the fact that many children do not read just for fun anymore, I do not think they have a right to solely blame that on standardized tests. They do take up more time and students worry about them, but they still have plenty of time to do what they choose. They just choose not to read any books. 

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Sometimes I Wonder If Anyone Has A Crush On Me, But Then I Remembered What I Look Like.

Sometimes I Wonder If Anyone Has A Crush On Me, But Then I Remembered What I Look Like. | Bullying | Scoop.it
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Although this does not talk about bullying I still think it relates. I believe that this could be both a cause and an effect of bullying. It can be an effect because bullying decreases self esteem and does not allow people to see themselves properly. So sometimes the person can not see why other may like them because they dont really like themselves. i also believe this in a way could be a cause for bullying. Because one of the main aspects to bullying is this idea of a power difference. I bullies main power comes from this idea that they are better than their victim. And through pictures like this it allows the person to already feel like they are somehow less powerful than the bully which allows it to be easier for the bully. I just dont understand the purpose of such a picture like this. What purpose does it serve to create it. I understand that sometimes people like to express themselves and while that can be a great thing. by creating something like this it can spread to other people and make people feel worse about themselves and it allows them to believe that they dont have self worth and in turn more susceptible to bullying. I included this article because I think it is important to get in mind of someone who is being bullied. In order to think of ways to prevent bullying it could be useful to understand how the person thinks. In order to realize the right steps for prevention. Of course there is stilll a lot to be learned. Such as how to implement programs in order to make them effective? and how will they get students to speak up? There is still a lot to be learned in order to effectively prevent bullying.

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Judge Defines Bullying in Case Involving City Schools

Photo by John Steven Fernandez Bullying once meant dipping a schoolgirl's braids in the desk inkwell or throwing snowballs at the new kids.
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I included this article because it provides a legal definition. And in order to prevent bullying it is important to gather facts about how it is percieved from all aspects including a legal one. I think there are certain parts of this article which is effective and there are other parts that are not as effective. One thing that they mentioned in the article was how bullying has progressed saying how it used to be as simple as hair pulling and now it can mean shooting, sex videos, and internet abuse. One thing I liked about this is that it shows how bullying can spread and and get worse. But what I dont like is that it seems to belittle the other actions. I believe that bullying is bullying even if it is not at such a level. It still has a strong effect and can hurt. And people should look for even the small signs of bullying because it can progress. Other good points that it made in the article are how they used the term environment. They said it can create a hostel environement which i think does an effective job to show how bullying doesnt just effect the people directly related but changes the whole environment. They also talked about how bullying stems from a percieved imbalance of power. Not necessarily an actual imbalance impower but just the perception of it. But something that upset me in this article is that they are trying to define bullying in a cut and dry way and that is not always possible. And also they relate bullying back to how it effects the school and saying that if studies are affected and the school environment is not affected it is not their responsibility. I believe that it is the duty of the school to make sure that all the students feel safe and be in a happy environment. But there are more steps to achieving it. There is still a lot of info to be gathered and then we have to work to find an effective way of prevention. This only gives one perspective but bullying is not cut and dry so there are clearly other perspectives to be learned.

 

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What effect does bullying have on students and schools? | Michigan Association of School Administrators

What effect does bullying have on students and schools? | Michigan Association of School Administrators | Bullying | Scoop.it
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I like how this article took a step back and looked at the different aspects of bullying and shows how the affects can spread out. There was a part in the article where they talked about the climate of the school. I think that is an effective word because it describes the nature of bullying which is that its infectious and spreads. It effects the entire feel of a school. It causes the difference between a good learning environment and a hostel one. I think it was also smart to show how the bully themselves are affected. Because although we always want to see the bully as just the vilian I believe it is good to show that the bully is also in a way a victim of their own issues. I also believe that by talking about the bully we are putting them on the same level as everyone else and shows that they just like everyone else can be hurt. And also by putting them on the same level it shows that bullies can be like everyone else and have the capability to change. And in my opinion one of the first step to decrease bullying is make bullies realize that they are on the same level and capable of change. This article begins to show the nature of bulllying. How it changes and spreads. It gives a new perspective about what to look for and see the signs. And also shows yet another perspective to bullying which i believe can always be useful. Although it still does leave me with some questions. Such as how can you prevent bullying from so many different aspects. And how can we make them work all together in a way that we find a resolution for everyone?

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You Can Stop Bullying on #GivingTuesday With Money, Time or a Simple Tweet - RYOT News

You Can Stop Bullying on #GivingTuesday With Money, Time or a Simple Tweet - RYOT News | Bullying | Scoop.it
Here's how you can help the 160,000 kids who skip school every day due to bullying for #GivingTuesday.
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This article really stuck out to me. It is not scholarly and not even politically correct but I think that it still is very effective. I think its affective because it relates it to adult lives. I dont think people realize how terrible bullying can be. It is true that If such things happened to an adult it would be grounds for lawsuits and other such things. But why when it happens to children is it not the same effect? I believe that people just feel like it is just something that happens. That is just a part of life and they can not change it. Thats why I also like the idea of relating the cause for bulllying to things that people can do everyday. Something just as simple as putting a picture on a social media site. Which is something that people of most ages have experience with. Although this article is not professional and scholarly it is relatable to a certain age group. And it allows the people of that age group who may not have the resources or time or maybe just do not want to put the effort to do something for bullying on terms that they can relate to. And I think that is a step in right direction to getting people more involved in such a valuable cause. 

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