Bob Knotts | May 24, 2011
We’ve just received the empirical test results for our recent Anti-bullying Through The Arts program at Heron Heights Elementary. They are typical of the kind of results our all-original anti-bullying program has been getting during the entire two years we’ve been presenting it to the kids. At Heron Heights, less than half the students (about 48%) BEFORE our program understood basic anti-bullying concepts: that bullying hurts everyone in the school and it takes everyone to stop it. AFTER our 40-minute program, almost all the students (about 97%) understood those ideas. And this was before teachers began to use our books as follow up materials in their classrooms. That’s a big change in a short time.
Bob Knotts | May 21, 2011
The Humanity Project’s Anti-bullying Through The Arts program just concluded the 2010-2011 school year with another successful presentation. This time we went to Heron Heights Elementary School in Parkland, Florida, where we worked with 410 delightful kids. They were a good crowd, respectful and receptive to our ideas about using cooperation and social connection to discourage bullying.
Bob Knotts | May 13, 2011
We were very interested to read a newspaper report this week about bullying. As you know, the Humanity Project is not just an anti-bullying group but our innovative Anti-bullying Through The Arts program reaches thousands of kids, teaching them how to use cooperation and social connection as tools to help stop bullying in their schools. The newspaper article was headlined, “Bullying often underreported.” It was based on information in Florida, which passed a strong anti-bullying law three years ago. But doubtless the same reality would apply in most, if not all, states in the U.S. That reality, as outlined in the story, is this: we don’t really know how bad the bullying problem is.
Bob Knotts | May 5, 2011
I just visited Egypt, Jordan, Oman and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as part of a writing assignment. You probably won’t be surprised when I say it was an amazing voyage for me. Many of the things I learned have a significant bearing on the work of the Humanity Project, one way or another. This organization is about using cooperation and social connection to improve individuals and our society. I came away from my last stop, in Cairo, with the strong feeling that the world needs each of us to find ways to bridge the cultural misunderstandings that artificially separate our Western nations from the Middle Eastern countries. We simply don’t understand each other because we don’t really know each other. I think it’s as simple as that.