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Generation BULLIED 2.0

Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Our Most Vulnerable Students

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sj Miller, Leslie David Burns and Tara Star Johnson

Bullying is a contemporary wildfire of a social problem that continues to burn, scar, and even kill U.S. schoolchildren on a daily basis. Not only do the targets of bullying suffer in their abilities to grow, learn and succeed; so do bystanders, and even the bullies themselves. Generation BULLIED 2.0 details the nature of bullying as a tremendously negative force in schools today and offers practical, research-based strategies for constructing and cultivating cultures that support learning, safety, and dignity for everyone. Analyzing the nature and inadequacy of current anti-bullying policies, Generation BULLIED 2.0 explores how stereotyping and other negative behaviors are reinforced and sustained in both large and small ways at school. Its critical narratives of commonly bullied individuals and groups are representative of events that transpire every day across the country’s education system. Focusing on the most common targets of bullying: race, gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, physical and mental disability, and cyber-abuse, this book does not offer simplistic solutions. Instead, it offers empowerment to readers while providing tools for elevating social justice and preventing bullying from taking root as a supposedly «normal» part of life in our society.
sj Miller is Associate Professor of Urban Teacher Education/Secondary English and Language Arts at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. sj has published widely in journals and is co-author of the book entitled Change Matters: Critical Essays on Moving Social Justice Research from Theory to Policy.
Leslie David Burns is Associate Professor of Literacy and the Program Chair of English Education at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He has published in a variety of journals and is the author (with Leigh Hall and Elizabeth Carr Edwards) of Empowering Struggling Readers: Practices for the Middle School.
Tara Star Johnson is Associate Professor of English Education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Her work has resulted in several publications and awards, including From Teacher to Lover: Sex Scandals in the Classroom (Peter Lang 2008).