s'Cool Features

These features were produced for the s’Cool television programme in 2008-2009. They were researched and written by students and reflect the students’ preoccupations and unique voices. They can be used in class as conversation starters or hooks, or as media productions to critique and learn from. For the ERC program!  Many of the s’Cool features lend themselves to the ERC program. They all fit with the first competency: Reflects on ethical questions. However, when a feature is used as a catalyst for scaffolded discussions, the third competency will also be mobilized: Engages in dialogue.

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Chateauguay Valley Regional High School, NFSB Teacher: Alexander Geukjian Bullying has always been a frightening rite of passage of childhood and adolescence. The students at CVR take a look at bullying in their own unique way, with testimonials from people who were victims of bullying, alarming new stats and a little life lesson in true CVR style.  

Curriculum Links for (QEP) Level Secondary Cycle 1 and 2

Broad Area of Learning Health and Well-Being
ERC Competencies 1 - Reflects on ethical questions 3 - Engages in dialogue    
Program Content Concepts: Ethical issue, ethical question, moral principle, moral rule, norm, value Ethics Themes Cycle 1: Freedom, social order Ethics Themes Cycle 2: Justice, human ambivalence

Avenues for Discussion

Bullying is a touchy but important subject since it is highly likely that there are students in your class who are either bullies or victims of bullying. It is important to highlight that bullying is an ethical issue and link moral principles that might govern our behaviour in a bullying situation. 

Secondary Cycle 1

Defining the problem: 
What is bullying? Who is a bully?  Who is a victim of bullying? 
Posing an ethical question: 
Is it ok to bully someone? Why or why not? 
Where does my freedom stop and yours begin? (Freedom to bully vs. freedom from bullying) 
What are your rights as students with regards to bullying? (the right to be physically and mentally safe at school and in the streets) 
How should we treat others? (Golden Rule, treat others as you would like to be treated) 
What can you do when you see someone being bullied? (tying in social order) 

Secondary Cycle 2

Defining the problem: 
At your age, what does bullying look like? 
Posing an ethical question: 
What should we do when we know someone is a victim of bullying, or someone who is a bully? 
How can bullies be convinced not to bully? 
How can a bully be so cruel to some people and so nice to others? (human ambivalence) 
Why do so many of us stand by and watch bullying take place without acting? (human ambivalence) 
What are the unspoken rules in your social group about bullies? 
Should bullies be punished? If yes, how? If not, why not? (justice)