Christian Science Monitor quotes Astor in article about bullying
The Christian Science Monitor quoted Ron Avi Astor in an article titled, “Do schools’ anti-bullying programs really help?“ The article noted that the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs is coming under more scrutiny since a University of Texas study suggested that such programs may encourage bullying by teaching students new bullying tactics and ways to hide them. Astor points out that there is not a quick fix to bullying:
“America is very country-centric and tends to think something is new because it has just become an issue here,” says Ron Avi Astor, a professor in urban social development at the University of Southern California here, and a member of a blue-ribbon panel that examined bullying on behalf of the American Educational Research Association. “But its real problem is that Americans want a quick fix, and behavior that is so socially and emotionally based does not lend itself to that.”
“The most important element of the changes is a shift in the overall climate of a school community,” says Astor. An emphasis on educating the whole person, rather than focusing solely on academic achievement, has resulted in significant and measurable decreases in bullying behavior, he says.