Chicago Schools Using Books to Fight Bullying
Nearly a quarter billion children experience bullying each year, according to UNESCO’s School Violence and Bullying Global Status Report released earlier this year. But some schools across Chicago are using books and discussion to stem the tide of bullying.
The Great Books Foundation, a locally based nonprofit reading program, originated 70 years ago at the University of Chicago and has since spread to hundreds of schools across the city.
Michael Elsey, the program’s director of digital media, said the foundation utilizes a “shared inquiry” method that turns teachers into facilitators and forces students to discuss texts together and bolster their arguments using evidence from the readings.