LAUSD: Understanding Workplace and Educational/Academic Bullying/Abuse by Lorna Stremcha © 2006 (LAUSD: Comprender el lugar de trabajo y de la Educación / Intimidación Academia / Abuso de Lorna Stremcha © 2006)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)

Bullying/abuse in the workplace and educational/academia setting deprives families and society of security; financial stability, emotional balance and can result in debilitating health for the victim/target and or their family members. Those that abuse/bully others in the workplace, in the schools, in the boardrooms are destroying intelligent and talented people from living productive and quality lives. Workplace and educational/academia bullies/ abusers are obliterating lives.


Workplace abuse/bullying is two to three times more prevalent than illegal discrimination.

In most cases, it is sub-lethal and non-physical. According a Zogby Poll approximately one in six workers have directly experienced workplace abuse.

Workplace abuse is a general type of harassment that crosses: gender, race and age boundaries. Educational/academia bullying and abuse happens to teachers. The bullying/abuse teacher, peer abuse/bullying happens because many victims and witnesses are unfamiliar with hostile work environment, peer abuse and workplace/teacher abuse/ bullying. In my opinion Educational abuse/.bullying is the most reprehensible. I personally find it similar to domestic violence. The primary difference is that most men or women who commit domestic violence do not have the resources to protect themselves.

Educational/academia abusers are privileged to resources that include: school boards, board policies, lawyers, HR specialist, Title XI experts, school law books (state and federal), secure online administrative networks, local, state, regional, and national teacher and administrative union leaders, government officials, legislatures, the press, students, and teachers. They are capable of manipulating their abuses and wrong doings, because of their role in the community, state, region and nation. School officials/administrators hold the power of control over teachers, paraprofessionals, janitors, students, and even parents This power includes: psychological, economic, social and societal.

It is allowed because victims/targets don't know they are being abused until their lives spiral out of control. It is tolerated because people fear they will lose something, a job, a friend, a position or status in society. It is allowed and tolerated because it is easier to sweep ugly truths under the rug.

Workplace/teacher abuse/bullying continues because many victims and witnesses refuse to speak out.

For you to better understand abuse/bullying in the workplace/educational setting as applied to employees you must gain an understanding of: who bullies/abuses, what bullies/abusers do, why bullies bully/abuser abuse/bully, abuser/bullying tactics, and how to protect yourself.

Who bullies/abuses in the workplace the educational/academia setting?  School administrators

  •          Teachers
  •          Parents
  •          Students
  •          Union Representatives and advocates
  •          Colleagues & coworkers
  •          Neighbors
  •          Acquaintances
  •          Business Managers
  •          Public Officials
  •          Law enforcement personnel
What do bullies/abusers do?

·        They nit-pick
·        They criticize
·        They torment and badger constantly
·        They try to get you to believe that you are doing something wrong.
·        They fabricate
·        They misrepresent
·        They refuse to recognize your contributions and achievements.
·        They constantly undermine your status, worth, value and potential.
·        They treat you differently than other employees.
·        They single you out and make big deals out of the smallest things.
·        They isolate you from colleagues, coworkers, and others.
·        They hold their power over you.
·        They separate you from your colleagues, coworkers and others.
·        They keep you away from your work place.
·        They tell you that you can't be in contact with colleagues, co-workers, and others.
·        They spy on you.
·        They take notes on you and make up lies about you.
·        They patronize
·        They shout
·        They threaten
·        They humiliate
·        They try to increase your responsibility and take your authority away.
·        They take your sick leave away.
·        They take your personal leave away.
·        They deny you training.
·        They change goals and objectives.
·        They destroy, twist and misrepresent everything you say.
·        They dismiss you and make you feel like trash
·        They make you ill and tremble
·        They demean
·        They belittle

Why do they bully?

·        Because you take a stand against wrong doings
·        Because you file a complaint against misconduct and wrong doings
·        Because you go against the status quo
·        Because you won't let it go
·        Because you are different
·        Because they know they are in the wrong
·        Because they want to hide their mistakes
·        Because they want everything to remain a secret

Some tactics they use:

    * They take notes on you.
    * They reprimand and humiliate in public.

·        They email, call, have clandestine meeting and compare notes.
·        They get together and fabricate lies.
·        They worked with others to go against you.
·        They try to go after your family and friends.
·        They create bad press about you. They solicited complaints.
·        They isolated you.
·        They force you into a state of paranoia.
·        They spread vicious gossip.
·        They try to convince others you are crazy. They try to destroy your reputation

    * What is the solution?





Jo Scott Coe Riverside, California
Excellent Video Interview about Professor Coe

Assistant Professor of English at Riverside Community College and former high school English teacher. She is the author of Teacher at Point Blank and has been a teacher of English and literature in California since 1991. Her writing on intersections of gender, violence, and education has appeared in the Los Angeles Times as well as literary venues including Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Memoir(and), Bitter Oleander, and Green Mountains Review. Her essay, "Recovering Teacher," won the NCTE 2009 Donald Murray Prize, and other selections of her work have received a Pushcart Special Mention as well as Notable listings in Best American Essays 2009 and 2010. As an independent researcher, Jo authored and published the most extensive study to-date of Adams v. LAUSD, a nearly 10-year legal case of student-on-teacher sexual harassment, in (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women's Experience (Cambridge Scholars Press). Jo values the aesthetic, political, and socially transformative powers of literary narrative--especially to dispel unhealthy silences and witness cultural blindspots. She works currently as an assistant professor of English at Riverside Community College in SoCal, and her book, Teacher at Point Blank (Aunt Lute 2010), has been selected as a Great Read for Fall 2010 by Ms. Magazine. Punk rock? Yes. Hockey games? Yes. Coffee? Always black. Find Jo on the web at and on Twitter @joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier New York, New York
Betsy Combier's blog
is a jewel that chronicles the corruption in NYC's Dept of Educations (DOE)  . She has accomplished a wonderful piece of journalism, and created one of the rare places where corrupt educational governance is chronicled and revealed

Professor Samuel Culbert Los Angeles, California
is a professor at the UCLA Andersen School of Business who also teaches in the Education Department's Principals' Leadership Institute. Check out the following 3 minutes on ABC News

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia

It's the tests, the pacing plans, and don't forget increased class sizes which means each child gets less time with the teacher.

LAUSD wants to change the bureaucracy--again

Is the profession of teaching nearing its death?

It's time to eliminate the LAUSD Board

My name is ......and I am lost In the LAUSD system...

LAUSD, this is not teaching, this is not educating 

Breaking News: LAUSD to break up the bureaucracy

Has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 30 years. He is greatly aware of the district waste, large bureaucracy, and other major issues of the time. He started his blog with the sole purpose of informing the world about the truths of education in LAUSD. E-mail him at:
LAUSD has selected a new Superintendent of Schools

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois
Teacher Activist forced out of teaching on trumped up charges. Started NAPTA to expose the reality of teacher harassment and terrorization  maintain corruption and mediocrity
NAPTA- National Association for Prevention of Teacher Abuse
Graduated with honors in 1963 from Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, and with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1966. She taught elementary school for four years in Berwyn and Hillside, Illinois as well as Phoenix, Arizona, before starting a family. She felt a calling to teach elementary students so that she could share her strength in preparing children to succeed as students and as citizens, goals that she believes require talented teachers to be realized. When teaching jobs were scarce during the 1970's, she worked in business as a sales representative and as a marketing director for an educational film company. However, teaching always was her first love. She eagerly returned to elementary teaching in her forties after earning an M. Ed in Reading at National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois in 1992. She has raised three children and has grandchildren who inspire her to do the work of exposing the truth about Education; she believes that they, as well as all children, deserve better - much better.

David Lyell Marina del Rey, California

He grew up in Palo Alto, California, the youngest of four children to two college professors. David attended public schools before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English, and The American Film Institute with an M.F.A. in Screenwriting. He likes to work, and has had a variety of jobs along the way. He has done things as varied as ghost-writing a screenplay to washed dishes, working as a food server, dish washer, helper in a warehouse where farm equipment was being liquidated, free-lance reporter and photographer, undercover diner in high-end restaurants, candy vendor at sporting events, proofreader, typist, data entry clerk, and Substitute Teacher. He has 13-years teaching experience with LAUSD and has also worked as an educator in The Palo Alto Unified School District. David is very active in UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles). In 2010, as part of the March for California's Future, he was one of six core activists to make the 352-mile journey from Bakersfield to Sacramento to protest the lack of funding for education, and essential public services. With California having the 8th largest economy in the world, he believes it is pathetic that we are 46th in the nation in per pupil spending and would like to see more spent for teachers and other educational support professionals. He believes this might be better accomplished if corporations pay their fair share in taxes. David's blog can be viewed at

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
She is a longtime public school teacher who, after 20 years, became staff writer for a teacher magazine and then went freelance. I've maintained a website of activism for nearly 9 years--ever since the passage of NCLB. People can subscribe to the website and then they get updates about new content. I answer all the mail I get through the website and with the answer, people have my e-mail.  I also try to stir things up on Twitter, though I find this medium frustrating. I have a Facebook page--just so people can find me. I don't initiate anything on it, The website keeps me busy.

Susan Lee Schwartz Suffern, New York

Susan studied literacy education, English literature, and fine arts and holds a BA ('63) and MS ('65) from Brooklyn College, and has the equivalent of two master's degrees, earned in graduate studies of literacy, arts and education. She taught literacy skills and art, for four decades in NYC in elementary and secondary school.  In 1998 she won the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Educator of Excellence Award  for her successful teacher practice, studied by Harvard  and the LRDC at the University of Pittsburgh for the New Standards research. At the end of her research, her unique curriculum was selected by the LRDC to be used in their national staff development seminars for school superintendents. She was among six teachers -- from among the thousands across the nation-- observed during the research project, and her teaching practice met all the  principles of learning. In the nineties, she rose to prominence in national educational circles, while teaching at a new magnet school, East Side Middle School. The reading scores of her seventh grade students were at the top of the city, and on the first ELA, which two thirds of city students failed, her former students (then in the eight grade) were TENTH IN THE STATE.

 She writes often about what she learned about the genuine standards for learning, in an attempt to begin a national conversation about the authentic standards, so that there can be genuine reform. Her experience that ended her fine career in the NYC Public Schools has led her to write about the process that removed the top educators, silencing the voices of the classroom practitioners who would not accept anti-learning policies. Her essay here on Perdaily,  is one that describes this process. Read more as she talks about education, literacy  and learning on her site, from the perspective of the experienced teacher-practitioner of pedagogy. She is the voice of dedicated and talented classroom teachers who know why the schools are failing.

Her website is:

Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, New York
Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006--   )
Regular contributor to the Huffington Post:
Author of "The Thinking Crisis" with Ellen Hill (Authors Choice Press: New York, 2001)
Numerous articles on education in Jewish Currents.
Script-writer for three YouTube satires on educational "reform."
 "The Lessons":
"Numbers Lie":
"The Charter Starters":<>

Here's Joel's latest post about the low percentage of "college ready" high school graduates.

Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana


"I know first hand the financial, personal, emotional and physical damage that can result when school administrators, the Montana Education Association and the National Education Association put their own interests above the students, teachers and the taxpayers of the State of Montana My files contain mountains of paperwork including depositions, declarations of truth, notarized documents and exhibits resulting from an arduous legal process that finally ended when the Havre (Montana) School District settled two lawsuits - a Federal suit and one filed in State District Court. These documents also include a letter from a union representative stating, " This is nothing more than a witch hunt." Yet the union continued to allow the school administration to harass, bully and bring harm to me.
These two lawsuits resulted from a single incident that, had it been handled differently and under the light of public scrutiny, would not have snowballed into awards of more than $200,000 worth of damages. Funds that eventually came from the taxpayers' pockets. Ironically, as a taxpayer in Hill County, my family and I are helping to pay for the damages awarded to me. This covered the attorneys' fees. The settlement did not include my attorney fees, however the district, insurance and taxpayers paid the defendants attorney bills, which exceeded mine. The settlement was made on March 2, 2006."

Sabrina Stevens Shupe Denver, Colorado
"I went into teaching because I (mistakenly) believed the hype about bad teachers in our worst-performing schools, and I wanted to Be the change I wished to see in the world. When I was rushed to the hospital after fainting from exhaustion in my classroom, I started to suspect that the situation might be more complicated than the conventional wisdom on education reform would have us believe."
Excellent Colorado teacher who was forced out of the profession for being a dedicated and conscientious teacher.
@TeacherSabrina on Twitter

Jim Taylor, Ph.D., Psychology San Francisco, California
web site:

Jim Taylor is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of three parenting books and speaks regularly to students, parents, and educators around the U.S. He blogs on education issues for,,,, and other web sites around the country, as well as on his own web site.

Lois Weiner Jersey City, New Jersey
Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Democracy Now
Impact of urban school characteristics on teachers' classroom practice
How race, class, and gender mediate academic achievement
Teachers' work and the school as a workplace
Effects of changes in global political economy on teaching, teachers, and schools.

(Para una visión nacional de la reforma de la educación pública ver el final de esta entrada del blog)

La intimidación, abuso en el lugar de trabajo y de educación / ajuste de la academia priva a las familias y la sociedad de la seguridad, la estabilidad financiera, el equilibrio emocional y puede resultar en el debilitamiento de la salud de la víctima / target y / o sus familiares. Aquellos que el abuso de los demás / matón en el lugar de trabajo, en las escuelas, en las salas de juntas están destruyendo la gente inteligente y con talento de vivir vidas productivas y de calidad. El lugar de trabajo y la academia de educación / agresores / abusadores son borrando vidas.


el abuso en el trabajo / intimidación es de dos a tres veces más frecuente que la discriminación ilegal.

En la mayoría de los casos, es sub-letales y no físicos. Según una encuesta de Zogby aproximadamente uno de cada seis trabajadores han experimentado directamente el abuso de lugar de trabajo.

abuso laboral es un tipo general de acoso que atraviesa: los límites de género, raza y edad. Educación / intimidación mundo académico y el abuso que ocurre a los maestros. El acoso escolar y maestros, el abuso de pares / intimidación ocurre porque muchas de las víctimas y los testigos no están familiarizados con el medio ambiente de trabajo hostil, el abuso de los pares y el lugar de trabajo / abuso profesor / intimidación. En mi opinión el abuso de la Educación / .bullying es la más reprobable. Personalmente me parece similar a la violencia doméstica. La diferencia principal es que la mayoría de los hombres o las mujeres que cometen actos de violencia doméstica no tienen los recursos para protegerse.

Educación / consumidores de la academia tienen el privilegio de recursos que incluyen: los consejos escolares, las políticas de salón, abogados, especialista en recursos humanos, expertos en el título XI, los libros de la escuela de leyes (estatales y federales), seguridad de las redes en línea de administración, locales, estatales, regionales y nacionales de docentes y líderes sindicales administrativas, los funcionarios del gobierno, las legislaturas, la prensa, los estudiantes y maestros. Son capaces de manipular a sus abusos y malas acciones, debido a su papel en la comunidad, estado, región y nación. Los funcionarios escolares y administradores tienen el poder de control sobre los profesores, auxiliares, conserjes, estudiantes, e incluso los padres Esta competencia incluye: psicológica, económica, social y de la sociedad.

No está permitido porque las víctimas y los objetivos no saben que están siendo abusados hasta su vida en espiral fuera de control. Es tolerado por las personas temen perder algo, un trabajo, un amigo, una posición o estatus en la sociedad. Se permite y se tolera porque es más fácil de barrer verdades feas debajo de la alfombra.

Lugar de Trabajo / abuso profesor / acoso continúa, porque muchas de las víctimas y los testigos se niegan a hablar.

Para que usted entienda mejor el abuso y la intimidación en el lugar de trabajo / ambiente educativo que se aplica a los empleados que deben tener los siguientes conocimientos: que intimida o abusos, lo que los agresores / abusadores, ¿por qué los matones matón / abuso abusador / matón, agresor / tácticas de intimidación, y cómo protegerse.

Que intimida o abusos en el lugar de trabajo de la educación / ajuste de la academia? Los administradores de la escuela

  •          Maestros
  •          Los padres
  •          Los estudiantes
  •          Representantes sindicales y defensores
  •          Colegas y compañeros de trabajo
  •          Vecinos
  •          Conocidos
  •          Gerentes de Negocios
  •          Funcionarios Públicos
  •          Encargados de hacer cumplir la ley
¿Qué matones / hacer los abusadores?

· Se nit de captura de
· Ellos critican
· Se tormento y el tejón constantemente
· Ellos tratan de hacer creer que usted está haciendo algo mal.
· Se fabrican
· Ellos tergiversan
· Ellos se niegan a reconocer sus contribuciones y logros.
· Ellos socavan constantemente su estado, por un valor, el valor y potencial.
· Ellos te tratan de manera diferente que otros empleados.
· Se le destacar y hacer grandes negocios de las cosas más pequeñas.
· Ellos se aíslan de sus colegas, compañeros de trabajo, entre otros.
· Se mantienen su poder sobre ti.
· Se le separan de sus colegas, compañeros de trabajo y otros.
· Se mantendrá lejos de su lugar de trabajo.
· Ellos te dicen que no puedes estar en contacto con colegas, compañeros de trabajo, entre otros.
· Se espiar a usted.
· Se toman notas sobre usted y que componen mentiras sobre usted.
· Ellos patrocinan
· Se nota
· Ellos amenazan
· Se humillar
· Ellos tratan de aumentar su responsabilidad y tomar la autoridad de distancia.
· Ellos tomar su licencia por enfermedad de distancia.
· Ellos tomar su licencia personal de distancia.
· Se le niega la formación.
· Se cambia metas y objetivos.
· Ellos destruyen, torcer y tergiversar todo lo que dices.
· Se despido de ti y te hacen sentir como basura
· Ellos te hacen mal y tiemblan
· Se degrada
· Se menospreciar

¿Por qué se matón?

· Debido a que adopte una postura en contra de malas acciones
· Porque usted presenta una queja contra la mala conducta y malas acciones
· Porque ir contra el status quo
· Porque usted no la dejará ir
· Debido a que son diferentes
· Porque ellos saben que están en el mal
· Porque quieren ocultar sus errores
· Porque quieren que todo siga en secreto

Algunas tácticas que usan:

    * Toman notas sobre usted.
    * Se amonestación y humillar en público.

· Ellos correo electrónico, llamada, han reunión clandestina y comparar notas.
· Ellos se reúnen y fabricar mentiras.
· Se trabajó con otros para ir en contra de usted.
· Se trata de perseguir a su familia y amigos.
· Se crea la mala prensa sobre usted. Se solicitó quejas.
· Se ha aislado.
· Ellos te obligan a un estado de paranoia.
· Se extendió chismes vicioso.
· Se trata de convencer a otros que están locos. Ellos tratan de destruir tu reputación

    * ¿Cuál es la solución?



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03 2011


wow this is very cool article. bookmarked!

Gran artículo, me agrada pasar el rato leyendo un buen post.

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