By CHUCK MASON, The Daily News
Friday, January 10, 2014
If students with high esteem develop empathy for their peers and exhibit leadership, they can stop bullying in their schools, a seminar facilitator said Thursday.
Gary McGuey is conducting a two-day seminar for the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative at Hillvue Heights Church. The seminar concludes today with students in attendance from several southcentral Kentucky schools. On Thursday, teachers and administrators looked at the material the kids are viewing today.
“Kids can take a more proactive approach,” McGuey said about diffusing repeated negative behaviors toward others in school. Bullies are leaders who lack empathy, he said.
He said bullies are often charismatic and can influence others, and kids who have low confidence in themselves and care for the welfare of others are typically the students who are bullied.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, KY – Author and national presenter Gary McGuey will work with teams of area middle and high school students on Friday, January 10 in Bowling Green. McGuey, a former educator and developer of Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens curriculum, will work with schools and their staff members earlier in the week and conclude his Bowling Green visit with a day of focused training for student teams.
McGuey, who is in the area at the request of the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC), will present “The Mentor: Leadership Trumps Bullying,” a pro-active strategy to reduce or minimize bullying. The process focuses on creating a peer mentoring process to strengthen relationships and leadership skills to build a school culture of empathy and provide students specific steps to deal with the challenges around bullying.
Nationally, 15 percent of all school absenteeism is directly attributed to fears of being bullied at school; as many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied. In his work with thousands of schools across the country, McGuey has helped schools and student teams improve their school environments and remedy ongoing situations, according to George Wilson, GRREC Executive Director.
“There is nothing, not a single greater concern to us as educators than the safety of each and every child,” Wilson said. “Bullying is just one of the many challenges our students face, and it’s something we simply must all learn to deal with and prevent. Gary is one of the most recognized authorities on how to create a more understanding and empathetic culture in a school. He will help these student teams transfer very specific, pro-active strategies to their fellow students and thereby make school-wide improvements.”