Editorials draw fire from campus: Letter to the Editor no. 2

Nathan Mills’ article, “Teach your kids to endure, not change,” advocates a don’t-ask-don’t-tell approach toward youth bullying.

Instead of confronting the problem and/or making adults —  otherwise known as authority figures —  aware of the situation (tattling, Mills calls it), kids should just buck up and look on their ill treatment as a life lesson, one that will (maybe) make more sense with time.

Bullying “will always be a part of their lives,” Mills says, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. And no one can teach a child not to be a bully —  except Mills himself, of course, who says he will be sure to teach his newborn daughter “to be a kind of person who loves others despite their differences.”

I wonder how far we (as a country and society) would have come had this been our philosophy in national and international affairs.

Another British tax? Let’s ignore it and maybe it’ll go away.

Another black man lynched? It’s a practice entrenched in our society, and nothing we do will ever stop it.

Twin Towers bombed? There will always be terrorists, so why bother fighting them?

Perhaps Mr. Mills is a bit confused. National Bullying Awareness Month was created to help combat bullying, not support it.

When you endorse silence, isolation and apathy as the best reactions toward unjust and/or destructive behavior, then you’re encouraging said behavior, whether it’s bullying, drug addiction, intolerance, suicide, or terrorism.

“It really does get better as long as we let it,” Mills croons in his conclusion. “Let it get better.”

Pretty words, almost like a Beatles tune. My only question is: How? How is it going to “get better?”

Endurance is a fine and noble quality, Mr. Mills, but only resistance provokes change.