My seven year old came home from school to inform me that her counselor pulled the kids from the class to watch a movie about Bullies, and then had the class vote for who was the biggest bully in the class and then had the class confront the kids that were labeled as bullies while the teacher (counselor) backed up their accusations with stories from the "bad" kids neighbors! This was not denied by the counselor, she did deny having them actually vote but then later commented that one of the boys my daughter brought up "didn't even get that many votes", so I didn't really know what to say about this.
Knowing that I was hearing this from the perspective of a seven year old, I went first into the counselor to report what my kid got out of her lesson and let her know what my daughter had actually "learned" from the lesson, and that I felt she had coached my daughter and her classmates into bullying the bullies.
The gist of our discussion included the counselor asserting that "all the research" states that kids must stand up to bullies in groups, and that bullies are "as a rule" anti-social personalities that will end up in jail. Keep in mind that she is referencing specific second-graders here, and discussing the various support or lack their of she is getting from their parents. Very unprofessional and weird, IMO.
I repeatedly asked what research she was referring to, and was finally given a book aimed at elementary students written by a cancer doctor that "must have been peer reviewed". Even if it is a good program, in what universe if publicly humiliating kids a good method of teaching anything?
Long story short, just wanted to put this out there for other parents. I had no idea my daughter was going into regular counselor sessions, apparently this is the new norm. I have heard of other counseling sessions this year, but they seemed normal to me. I am thinking of trying to opt out in the future as I don't respect this woman's judgment and don't relish the idea of constantly trying to undo what she teaches my kid. All week I have heard about "how bad" these three kids are, the teacher said so!