It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.
He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.
Jeong said it was, “A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work.”
One of the more persistent campaigns from the left has been against abstinence education, and the current administration has pretty much ended federal support for such programs. At the vanguard of this movement has been the LGBT community. It’s no secret that sex is sacramental to the left, but why should the LGBT community care what heteros do among themselves? Because people who are defined by their sexual activity count as their greatest adversaries those who refrain from sex, either temporarily or permanently.
But the best defence is a good offence, and so the LGBT community has been especially active in promoting the anti-bullying campaign. Since they have been victims of same, this makes sense, although for those of us bullied for other reasons the idea that only sexual orientation really matters (an implied undertone in all of this) won’t wash.
But the anti-bullying campaigners are finding out what the abstinence educators should have: that our public education system is a poor teacher of values and morals. Instead, we have this:
The student videos used in many campaigns show examples of bullying and how to intervene. But Jeong says they may actually teach students different bullying techniques — and even educate about new ways to bully through social media and texting.
In this respect they are like prisons: instead of punishing crime, they become finishing schools for criminals.
The U.S. would be well advised to leave the inculcation of morals to civil and private society and make the public schools concentrate on more basic tasks such as teaching people how to think. As it stands it’s not doing a stellar job of either one.