Today in school all of the students were grouped randomly together in classrooms, a few students from each grade, to have a half-hour meeting about bullying and come up with ideas on how to help stop it for a thing called the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. A few days ago we had an assembly over it and the whole staff was really serious about it and actually looked like they wanted to make some changes.
Do you know what happened in every single group I heard about? Absolutely nothing. The teacher in charge of my class literally seemed like she could not care less about the meeting, nor did a single other student or teacher. They all sat around for that half hour talking about sports and candy and making fun of the class clown. Even when someone mentioned the fact that we were supposed to be talking about bullying, the teacher gave some excuse about how she wasn’t supposed to go beyond a certain point in her hand-out. Are you kidding? We’re not allowed to talk about it anymore? Of course, that is going to happen sometimes - it’s high school. No one believes that we’re on task all of the time. But the fact is that these meetings are meant to help make people’s lives better, and all anyone seemed to care about was getting it over with and moving on with their day.
It goes to show that in order to make a difference, you really do need individuals. You can’t just stick a group of people in a room, tell them to do something, and expect the world to change. People need to care. Do you know how many individuals could have been working together to help, how many ideas they could have come up with? A single person can make so much difference if they simply care enough to speak out and give their opinion, so what if every person cared that much?