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Stopping School Bullying: Are We Taking the Completely Wrong Approach?
When students and teachers have strong relationships, and when students feel they have agency inside the larger institution of the school, instances of bullying are much less common. As educational activist Nikhil Goyal explains, bullying has always been discussed in education reform, and typically the solution falls on students themselves, but what if schools — as impersonal institutions — are partly at fault? Everyone wants to sop bullying, but when we rely on students to simply refrain from aggressive behavior, without considering the context in which that behavior occurs, we are doing them a disservice.