Huckleby wrote:I consider this law bullying of teachers, again blaming them for all of society's ills.
The law is largely symbolic, but it is stupid and unfair symbolism, implying that uncaring teachers are such an important component of the problem that the criminal justice system must make an intervention.
When I saw the headline the other day my first thought was, "Oh no, not more of this!" Especially because it seems mainly to be about finding someone to blame (a teacher! of course!) after the fact.
Then I got to thinking: why not try the carrot instead of the stick for a change? Pay teachers $200 for every documented and verified case of bullying they report. Heck, pass the cost of the program on to the bully's parents -- they should be happy that someone's finally telling them the truth about their little sociopath. It would be doing everyone a favor, as well as help to fill in the hole that Scott Walker's "tools" carved in many teachers' pockets. Motivation would be high; participation would be over 90%. Free marketeers should instinctively understand the power of incentives to change behavior and get a job done. And the beauty is that there is no end of children who haven't yet learned to hide their crueler impulses -- always a new batch of anti-bully bonuses coming along!
Of course if schools succeed in quashing bullying because of teachers the bullies in state politics would need to find a new scapegoat to blame for the way it's not working in Wisconsin. Perhaps a mirror would come in handy?