Everything I Learned About the American Education System, I Learned From The Simpsons–Bullies



I’m sure have all had some sort of run-in with a bully or bullies in our education.  Some might have been a bully themselves, but either way, they (bullies) are a part of the current education system today. In the article found here, talks about bullying in schools, the characteristics of the bully, as well as the victims.  The article talks about how the bully exerts their power over the weaker children, they do not possess a low self-esteem, are antisocial, defiant to adults, and come from families that promote physical violence.  On the other side, the victims have characteristics such as insecurity, anxiety, and are physically weaker than their bully.

When I think about these characteristics, I can’t but help to think about the three predominate bully characters in The Simpsons: From left to right–Kearny, Jimbo, Nelson, and Dolph.

They all fit that stereotype characteristic of a bully.  They come from broken homes, pick on the weaker, smarter students, are defiant to adult, and are physically abusive to others.

Here in this episode–Bye, Bye Nerdie, Lisa is being tormented by her own bully, Francine.

She tries to enlist the help of the boy bullies to protect her, but they refuse to fight girls, as they claim that girls, “Scratch, bite, scream, and kick…and sometimes we fall in love.”  Lisa then discovers eventually that there is a “pheromone” that the “nerdy” students produce that causes bullies to torment the smarter kids.  She then discovers that she can block that pheromone with a more potent smell, rendering the bullies ineffective.

unfortunately, the bullying issue is just not that easy of a fix.  The article suggested many different interventions that may help to alleviate the bully epidemic in the school system.  They suggest such things as a parental awareness campaign to help inform all parents of the problem, the causes, and how they can be effective in the fight against school bullying.  The article also suggests create class norms in where the children create ownership of their efforts to stop bullying in class and throughout the school itself.  Lastly, the article suggest that intervention also occur on the individual basis between the bully and the victim with role-playing exercises, and team building activities to promote unity between the two.  With the implementation of these intervention ideas, more awareness of bullying can be made, with the hopes that the more people know about it, the more it can be done away with.




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One thought on “Everything I Learned About the American Education System, I Learned From The Simpsons–Bullies

  1. James,

    I think I might have told you this in class, but I feel the need to say it again: I freaking love your blog posts. Seriously… I read them all!

    In the vein of providing feedback for our workshop, here are my thoughts:

    The use of hyper-links and photos.
    Your topic choice in general (even if readers aren’t hardcore English Education nerds, chances are they have seen an episode of the Simpsons and can relate in some way to that aspect of your blog).

    Possibly give your posts a re-read before hitting the “publish” button. That way goofy mistakes can be corrected (I’m extremely guilty of this too).
    I would love to hear more about your own personal thoughts/experiences pertaining to the issues you bring up. It’s great having the Simpsons as a relational point, but it might also be effective in posts like this one to include some details from your own life to make your point stronger.

    Just some initial thoughts! Keep up the creative posts :]

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