I was bullied by the older neighborhood kids.
I was bullied by the kids in the Scout troop.
I was bullied in elementary school.
I was bullied in middle school.
I was bullied in high school.
I was bullied as a freshman in college.
I was bullied in Hebrew School.
I was bullied in the Boy Scouts
I was bullied while working at Boy Scout Camp.
I was bullied by the sixth grade science teacher who threw a textbook at my head during class.
I was bullied by the 7th grade English teacher who filled my knapsack with heavy literature books and ordered me to hike laps in the “cluster” between classrooms for entire periods. I will write about him in great depth at some point.
I was bullied by the middle school newspaper advisor who followed me into the boy’s room, threw me up against a wall and threatened to kill me if we published another copy of our “unofficial” school newspaper.
I was bullied by anti-Semitic scoutmasters who would not allow me to become an Eagle Scout without re-painting a church as my project.
I was bullied by phys-ed teachers who often engaged in physical and verbal abuse.
I was called, Dexter, Poindexter, Boink, F#g, F%ggot, Dork and countless other names on a bazillion occasions.
My 12th grade math teacher (a great educator) gave me a 30-second head-start to run out of class so I could avoid the violence of my classmates.
Facebook was unnecessary. It would have been redundant.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.