What Neuroscience Reveals About Bullying by Educators

We would never let a teacher or coach physically strike or sexually molest our child. Why then do we allow teachers and coaches to bully our children? There are three major reasons why this occurs: Sexual and physical abuse can be documented on the body and are in the criminal code. The law takes them seriously, therefore so do parents. In contrast, emotional abuse is not in the criminal code, so it can still be confused with “motivation” — especially in the education system. Bullying can be hard to detect because, when done by teachers and coaches, it’s often mistaken for passion and a demand for excellence. Parents believe in authoritative teachers and coaches who say they know what’s best for children. Psychiatric and psychological studies mostly depend on interviews,…

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