If teachers are claiming that they have experienced bullying, I wondered where the bullying was coming from. From students? Their parents? Colleagues? Administrators? When I read the section on bullying every comment was about bullying from senior management. As I thought about this some more I thought I'd check to see how workplace bullying was defined and I came up with several different factors that can all be counted as bullying:
Threats to professional status: public professional humiliation, accusations regarding lack of effort, intimidating use of discipline etc.
Threats to personal standing: undermining personal integrity, innuendo, sarcasm, insulting, intimidating, teasing and joking about the target.
Isolation: preventing access to opportunities, withholding necessary information, ignoring or excluding.
Destabilisation: failure to acknowledge good work, allocation of meaningless tasks, removal of responsibility, setting target up to fail, shifting goalposts.
Some of these I'd never considered to be bullying before, but when put together like this I can imagine the devastating effects these could have on teachers' morale.
Photo Credit: I feel so damaged by Lew Holzman