Later today, Secretary Duncan will join President and First Lady Obama for a White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. As a parent, student, or educator, you may be asking yourself “why is so much attention being paid to bullying, isn’t bullying just part of growing up?” The fact is that for too long, bullying has been dismissed as “kids being kids.” Yet, bullying is a serious problem that not only affects a child’s self esteem and emotional well-being, but can significantly affect a child’s ability to learn.
At a Bullying Prevention Summit last fall, Secretary Duncan explained that a great school needs to be a safe school and that “every child is entitled to a quality education and no child can get a quality education if they don’t first feel safe at school.” The Secretary noted that all of us need to do our part to prevent bullying whether we are students, teachers, school staff, parents, or concerned citizens. By working together, we have the chance to truly make a difference, while creating safe and inviting learning environments.
You can watch today’s White House Conference on Bullying Prevention live by visiting the whitehouse.gov/live website.