Anti-Bullying Week: Why We Can't Stop at Tolerance
When I was getting bullied brutally my freshman year of high school, it wasn't like my school wasn't teaching anti-bullying curriculum; it was. But like most schools in the United States, the curriculum simply preached tolerance: dealing with one another until we graduated and how to tell a teacher after we got bullied — after the damage was already done. I would learn this in class, and then I would walk outside and get called "mute" and told to leave school if I wasn't going to talk.
That's why, when I started The Validation Project, I knew that we had to work with schools to solve this issue. I knew that my generation could not afford to stop at tolerance. There is too much power and potential inside of us. The Validation Project's kindness curriculum now replaces government anti-bullying curriculum in nearly 1,000 schools worldwide. We teach educators how to work with their students to instill self-worth, resilience, and solve issues in the community. In turn, cliques are diminished, victims of bullying see their worth, and bullies have a way to see their purpose without making others feel small.
So what are we doing now?