GLSEN, the Gay, xxxx and Straight Education Network, recently updated its 2005 “From Teasing to Torment
” report, providing a renewed look
at biased-based bullying 10 years later. More than 1,300 students ages 13 to 18 completed surveys, detailing their exposure to bullying and biased remarks based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, body size, gender, religion, ability, economic status and gender expression.Source:
Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, October 20, 2016Description:
“Clearly certain things are getting somewhat better,” said Christian Villenas, GLSEN senior research associate and co-author of the report. “Students are hearing less biased remarks in schools and also certain types of bullying and harassment have gone down, but still, we have a long way to go in terms of trying to deal with these issues.”
Besides the increase in bullying based on race and ethnicity, Villenas finds it particularly troubling that students continue to report hearing school staff members make remarks that are sexist (21%), homophobic (15%), racist (14%), or otherwise negative relating to students’ gender expression (26%), academic ability (23%) or religion (14%).
GLSEN researchers recommend schools offer better professional development. Instead of basic workshops about bullying, Villenas says more targeted information about bias-based bullying, specifically, would help teachers understand the issues faced by particular subgroups in their schools and how they play out among students.Read the full article here!