Schools actually report that in our
country, more than a quarter of a million students are
physically attacked during the school day and more than 160,000 kids
actually miss school, due to bullying and school violence.|
In addition to this sad scenario, there is
one that is even more threatening. Nearly a million students across
the U.S. bring weapons to school every month!
More than 5.7 million young people in
the U.S. are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a
target of bullying, or both. Unchecked, bullying can escalate to more
serious violence as 75% of school-shooting incidents have been linked to
harassment and bullying issues. With a nation shaken by school
tragedies, it remains difficult to comprehend what fuels such behavior.
What's not difficult is assessing the impact
on its victims. The tension and anxiety created by bullying is burdening
kids with worry. Our hearts go out to these children. Just imagine the dread
they feel when they wake up....eat breakfast...get on the bus....knowing what's
ahead of them. The threat they are under affects their concentration,
health, relationships and self-worth. It can create social isolation and
depression with long term consequences. One out of every 10 students who
drop out of school does so because of repeated bullying, and those who are
bullied are five times more likely to be depressed and far more likely to be
Brock Bowman, a ninth grader living near
Columbus, Ohio who found difficulty in the classroom despite his high IQ,
found a solution through distance learning. Brock was not thriving in his
public school and was labeled ADD. Angie Bowman, Brock's mother said,
"This diagnosis led to Brock being placed in a reading special services
program, which only made matters worse. His peers picked on him relentlessly
and his self-esteem plummeted." The stress left him completely exhausted,
school became unbearable and they looked into
distance learning options. "We found
Laurel Springs School, a
fully accredited school with caring teachers that eliminated negative social
distractions and reignited Brock's interest in learning," said Angie.
Families looking for peaceful solutions to
bullying are turning increasingly to distance learning educational programs
Laurel Springs School. At
Springs, the focus is on the student's learning style,
interests and passions. Established in 1991, Laurel Springs School now has
more than 3,000 active
students in 50 states and in 43
countries with a strong college prep academic program. Distance learning in
learning environment creates a place for skill building and mastery
without the threat of bullies.
Laurel Springs offers
web-based and textbook-based curriculum built on state
Laurel Springs School, instruction
is targeted to the student's
innate learning style
profile; a proactive evaluation of his/her disposition, motivators,
interests and learning modalities. No attacks occur. No guns are drawn.
Students and families blossom in the natural flow of the learning process.
Nick Marks-Paschal, a
Springs alum, was
emotionally shut-down at school even though he demonstrated creative genius
outside of the classroom. According to his mother, Shelley Marks, "Nick was
put-off by school-wide bullying and antagonizing. He withdrew, not wanting
to participate in this dynamic, and others called him "stupid" and "slow".
Laurel Springs, he took the
Learning Styles Profile and the results were an astounding
endorsement of him. Nick's learning style is 'invent/perform' - he learns
best by discovering, designing and exploring in an independent environment.
He was assigned a
teacher appropriate for his learning
style and together, they designed
curriculum to bring out his highest 'invent' capacity. "Nick
is inspired by the aligned focus of his learning and has a huge digital
multimedia design career ahead," Shelley added.
Distance learning is certainly a growing
option with the impact of the Internet, educational software, video learning
tools and online communications systems. It began mostly as a
higher education convenience for completion of college and continuing
educational credits. Now the trend is evolving to support K-12 students.
Springs have the college prep, global citizens and the
information age in mind and as they bring
distance learning programs to K-12 students. By linking students like
Brock and Nick with excellent
teachers and personalized
curriculum, K-12 distance learning provides a realistic
educational alternative. Add to that the
virtual clubs and nurturing learning
community, and students have an excellent venue for learning.
Springs has found that
online clubs are a wonderful way of
building the virtual school community, deepening relationships, and
providing students with the opportunity to work collaboratively. Students
can develop deep relationships in an online environment that have the school
structure and support that keep these online clubs and forums free of online
Students, parents, counselors, administrators
and teachers have begun to recognize that distance learning for K-12
students is transformative--providing talented, tormented kids with a safe
haven from the schoolyard bully.
An Option For Your Child