No Name-Calling Week

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The 2001 novel The Misfits by James Howe focuses on four friends trying to survive seventh grade. After running a gauntlet of teenage taunts and insults, this small group sets out to create a “No Name Day” at school.

Six years ago, that idea inspired the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Simon & Schuster to launch “No Name-Calling Week.” The project is designed to raise awareness about the impact of name-calling and to kick off classroom discussions about how to stop it. This year’s edition begins Monday, January 25.

No Name-Calling Week is aimed at grades five through eight, the period when kids seem to be at their bullying best. But it can be applied to any grade level. Teachers looking for ideas and resources can go to the event’s website. One of the resources is an expensive kit containing a video, posters, etc. But teachers don’t need the kit in order to participate. Just bring a desire to combat this cruel, distracting aspect of teenage life.

 

 

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Name calling can stem from

Submitted by Antoinette Acosta on 24 January 2010 - 2:54am.

Name calling can stem from deeper insecurities, and feelings of inadequacy. Sometimes children and adults alike, can forget that humans have sentience and also a desire to be accepted. Bullying takes a step backwards, as to where even the smallest words and judgment criticism, can be applied in a negative perception of the self. The key to me, is to not only make efforts to ban name calling, but also try and counsel the damage already done, to help further prevent incidents in the future. Mentoring can help establish higher self esteem, if the mentor is consistent and has a genuine belief in the relationship. Mentoring can provide ground and safety for a child to explore his or her own thoughts and ideas. To also be assured, that they have support and guidance. Maybe bullying starts severely around grades 5-8 because children are struggling to find their own identity, and are not yet at much of a stable position about their own likes and dislikes. So they would rather have the attention on someone else, because they are in fear. Or simply because they are angry or sad because of how they feel inside about something. Sometimes we cannot blame bullying, but we must still take a step in helping to ensure brighter lives.

Intelligence plus character. That is the true goal of education. -Martin Luther king