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Write an essay about the following topic: Elementary and secondary schools around the country are beginning to address actively the problem of bullies. One way or the other, is bullying an issue that should be addressed by schools or left to parents?

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My first recommendation regarding this question is to find out if the question is truly an either/or question. Do you have to pick "schools need to deal with the problem because..." or "parents need to deal with the problem because..."? If you have to pick one or the other, go with whichever choice you feel more strongly about. Between the two choices, I would support the idea that the school needs to deal with it. If the action is happening on campus, then the school is the most immediate presence to address the problem and administer strategies designed to combat the problem.

Additionally, students more than likely spend more time at school than they do at home with parents. Most students are on campus in the presence of teachers from 8:00 to 3:00. That is seven hours. The majority of students are not likely spending seven total hours per day interacting with their parents; therefore, the school is a larger presence in the student's life and likely more capable of influencing a child's behavior. Despite that, if the school has zero parental support, many of the school's strategies are likely to fail. Addressing the bullying problem is ideally a problem that is equally shared by the school and home.

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