School Bullying Logical Outcome of Social Agenda

Media Release 1 April 2011
Family First NZ says that ongoing examples of vicious school bullying are a simple result of the culture we have experimented with, which includes children’s rights, declining media standards, undermining the role of parents, and removing consequences. 

“Why are we surprised by bullying and violence in our schools when children are fed this material through the media constantly,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Kids are bullying each other, kids are bullying teachers and members of the public, kids are bullying parents. Bullying is not just a school problem – it’s a cultural problem.” 

“We cannot continue to feed the minds of our young people with the level of violence, sexual content and disrespect for authority that is prevalent in the media and our culture without it affecting the minds of some of our most impressionable and at-risk teenagers and children.” 

“Schools are suffering in particular because they are being forced by the Ministry of Education to put up with increasing levels of unacceptable behaviour and are being criticised for suspending these students.” 

“It is also significant that as schools have removed corporal punishment, schools have become more dangerous. School yard bullying by pupils on other pupils and staff is now the new form of ‘corporal punishment’ in schools.” 

“All of these young people have entered a system of education and society where discipline and responsibility are being replaced by the politically correct nonsense of children’s rights. Ironically, this has been pushed by groups such as the Children’s Commissioner, Families Commission and the teachers’ unions who are now crying foul.” 

“The anti-smacking law has also undermined the role of parents, has failed to understand the special relationship and functioning of families, and has communicated to some children that they are now in the ‘driving seat’ and parents should be put in their place,” says Mr McCoskrie. 

Sweden, one of the first countries to ban smacking in 1979 suffered a similar fate with assaults by kids increasing 672% in the 13 years following the ban. A recent UN report on European Crime and Safety found that Sweden had one of the worst assault and sexual violence rates in EU. 

“Student behaviour and bullying will continue to deteriorate for as long as we tell them that their rights are more important than their responsibilities, proper parental authority is undermined by politicians and subject to the rights of their children, and that there will be no consequences of any significance when they ‘cross the line’,” says Mr McCoskrie.


6 comments for “School Bullying Logical Outcome of Social Agenda

  1. 31 March 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Bullying was rife when I was at school long before the days of TV in homes. Talking to my own kids during the years since, it seems no worse that before.

    I took a couple of beatings, until I learnt to just hit the bastard (preferably first) thinking go down fighting, but then they would they would back off before me.

    By High School, I had well and truly learnt that lesson!

    It isn’t a modern phenomenon, BoB, it preceded Jesus (if there really was a Jesus) by a few thousand years!

    Children have rights, and one is the right to not have violent attacks perpetrated on them by their caregivers and educationalists.

    Just as when women got the vote, the world will be a better place, Bob.

  2. Bob
    31 March 2011 at 5:52 pm

    You probably thought that by banning corporal punishment, schools would be safer!! The complete opposite has happened

    Ask the teachers’ unions whether they agree with you – that nothing has changed.

    Kids don’t just bully each other anymore. They also bully teachers and parents.

  3. Dominic Baron
    4 April 2011 at 3:30 pm

    My father started his teaching career in England in the early 1930s. A series of booklets on school discipline from a London teacher training establishment proved very helpful to him. This was its recommendation for dealing with typical schoolboy bullying:


    During the lunch break three boys regularly gang up to bully smaller boys.


    Corporal punishment is most suitable. If any show signs of resistance or rudeness further punishment must be administered until it is accepted with docility. The bully types must be worn down by force greater than their own.

    In the Adult World hasn’t that been true throughout human history?… And still is in places like Libya?

  4. 4 April 2011 at 4:40 pm

    “Bullying is not just a school problem – it’s a cultural problem.” ”

    True, it is a culture problem and not just in New Zealand. If we just try and improve the behaviour of a few bullies we are waisting our time. What we need to do is improve the moral fabric of the whole country.

    Morals For a Modern World [Free Package world wide.]
    We live in a world of many divergent views — religious beliefs, factions, ethnics. Who can agree? What if we could all agree on moral precepts that were common to all cultures? A code that creates bonds between all ethnics and races. A code for all men.

    G Brock Chisholm

    Then in 1948, the World Federation for Mental Health was formed. The founders were G Brock Chisholm and J.R.Rees who was also the first director of the World Health Organization

    Not long after it was formed Brock stated “The reinterpretation and eventually the eradication of the concept of right and wrong which has been the basis of child training, the substitution of intelligent and rational thinking for faith are the belated objectives of all effective psychotherapy”.

  5. Simon Fraser
    6 April 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Bullying has been around for a long time. It seems to be a part of human nature right back to the beginnings of time. In the animal kingdom it is obvious that this behaviour means that the best survive. However in my mind i would have thought that the human being in this day and age would have somehow got over this behaviour. I see many cultures with an exuberance for this type of behaviour, New Zealand is no less an example. I also see the changing values of society causing an insecurity in people which seems to promote this behaviour even more. When I say changing values I mean that we once had a christian formed values base. While i feel that we still cling to some of the values there has been an erosion in favour of a different system which I know will not work. We are tending to rely more on what we see and less on what we dont see. Having a christian faith instills a certain security that I think gets around any human tendancies in this direction. We favour love over hate, forgiveness over revenge, giving instead of taking. Would some of these qualities make bullying irrelevant?

  6. Lis Gray
    7 April 2011 at 11:44 pm

    The word ‘bullying’ is all too carelessly thrown around as a blanket phrase these days.
    What is happening is physical violence, assualt and anti-social behaviour.
    Here in Invercargill, through the windows of our own home, we (my home schooled children, husband and myself) have witnessed violent behaviour that once was only the domain of an ugly movie script.
    We are all responsible for what happens in our communities. When we witness something (a small year 7 boy, being ‘kingpinned’ by a large senior pupil, and as a consequence losing a tooth) we need to take action. To find we weren’t the only residents in our part of the street to witness this incident, but the only ones who dealt with it, was unbelievable. A community will only be as moral, or immoral, safe or unsafe, as those that live there allow it to be. That old well worn phrase still rings true – ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. To point a finger at the perpertrators is short sighted. What is happening in their homes, what messages are the media giving them, what are those in positions of authority teaching them, what moral or ethical code are they receiving?
    We are reaping the consequences of removing Christian values from every area of our society.

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