Bullying in Faculties of Education
Chapter 1 What? Teachers Are Bullying Teachers?
· 1 · what? teachers are bullying teachers? It’s a bit like Hamlet’s father. One is constantly haunted by the experience. And one is constantly looking over the shoulder to see if it is going to happen again. So therefore, one’s everyday job becomes contoured and coloured by those experiences. You don’t do the job in the same way. You don’t do the job with the same fierce passion or with the joie de vivre, like you should realize that somebody out there who can take a potshot so you become a hyper vigilant. It’s what Foucault talks about or Bentham talks about as the Panopticon. You start to self-surveil as a form of protection. (from interview with yew) About twenty years ago, before documentaries about animal behavior perme- ated YouTube, I visited the local zoo with my children. At some point, we came across the cage with the little capuchin monkeys. Our attention was drawn to the cage because screaming burst from it. Arriving at the scene, we saw that one monkey was being chased by a few of the others. After a long race over the fences, branches, and even the ceiling of the cage, the victim found refuge in the water pool. This was apparently a good spot because the others did not follow him there. The chasers were three in number, but the rest of the flock encouraged them, or helped by trying to hit the monkey on the run whenever he passed them. We had a good...
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