off topic, my thoughts on the anti-bully movement in schools
The Grand-brat showed up at school Monday with her first pair of glasses. No one said a thing. That was much easier than when I did the same years ago. While the idea of "no bullying" is a nice sentiment, the Bully teaches us the harsh truth of life. We learn to use subterfuge, how to build allies, and how to strike back at those stronger than ourselves. Not necessarily with violence, but with all the other weapons at a child's disposal: public humiliation, fear, the scorn of one's peers, social isolation, and everything that cracks a bully and pushes him to tears. By removing the Bully from school we may be removing a vital part of a child's education.