The Joseph Project
|Posted by Mark Snyder on May 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM|
Teachers, coaches and others who work with children and youth are there to teach, protect, facilitate, motivate and guide young minds and bodies. But when coaching becomes focused on performance and winning, the risk is there for coaches to bully children. This has been going on for decades and bullying from adults can sometimes be more serious than bullying from other children, depending on the situation. This soccer coach tells it well, here.
Don't get me wrong, sports and education come at many different levels. Many coaches are in a position where they are working with higher level athletes who are there to be pushed. I have coached very high level sports at certain junctures in my own career, where parents are paying alot of money and kids are know how to push themselves until they bleed. Driving performance does not come hand in hand with bullying. I have been brutal on certain kids who liked that kind of physical pushing, but never once treated them with anything short of respect and concern, never leaving them feeling for one moment that they had been bullied.
Adults who bully, need to be taught what they are doing and how not to do it, and those who cannot be corrected need to re examine their motivation for working with youth.