Bullying at school has received a lot of attention. But not enough. That's because only one facet of this problem has been covered. What's largely ignored is the fact that teachers can also be bullies. They can emotionally abuse the children in their care. Also, female malignant narcissists who happen to be teachers can also make life quite difficult for their colleagues.
The statistics on teacher bullying are sobering, and alarming. The American Psychological Association conducted a survey of 3,000 teachers. A shocking high percentage (80 percent) report they've been bullied on the job, with the abuse coming from a variety of sources, including colleagues, principals, parents and their students. Things seem just as bad on the other side of the Atlantic. According to a BBC report, about 25 percent of teachers in the UK have been bullied by a coworker.
There are plenty of anecdotal reports as well. Talking to teachers, you realize that many are working under very hostile conditions. One now retired teacher I know had a mean principal, and was forced to flee to another community to finish out her career.
This begs the question of how in the world a teacher can they focus on her class, if she's working in a war zone.
Most of my professional life I've been a writer. But, for a few years, I interrupted my writing to pursue a possible career in education. I can assure you some of the other staff members, who worked in my school, would seize every opportunity available to undermine a rival. It was a cut throat atmosphere. In the teacher's lunch room, they also gossiped about the students and their families. The school psychologist had a mouth that didn't stop running. I'm so happy that I'm back writing.
It's good that a lot of attention has been focused on school yard bullying. However, some of that light now has to shine on teachers and administrators who misbehave.
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