Taskforce proposed a curriculum model on hazing?
On Jan. 17, 2012, the National Anti-Hazing/Violence Taskforce in conjunction with the National Save the Family Now Movement, Inc., (NSFNM) the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and other groups, announced the launching of a National Anti-Hazing/Violence Taskforce at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Champion, Sr., parents of Florida A&M University’s drum major Robert Champion, Jr. who was hazed and beaten to death, was present to support the collective efforts of the taskforce. Members of the taskforce announced strategies to address hazing and violence across America in general, at Historical Black Colleges and Universities in particular and the K-12 environment. Some members who provided messages included Dr. R.B. Holmes, Jr., taskforce chairman, president of NSFNM and pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church; Dr. George Cooper, taskforce co-chairman and president of South Carolina State University; attorney Lezli Baskerville, president and chief executive officer of NAFEO and Dr. Ronald Holmes, national superintendent of education of NSFNM and publisher of The Holmes Education Post, LLC.
While the National Anti-Hazing/Violence Taskforce’s role is to address hazing and violence at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, this article is a recount of the presentation I provided at the National Press Club to develop a comprehensive curriculum model to prevent hazing and violence in the K-12 environment.
Good Afternoon, I am Ronald Holmes the National Superintendent of Education of NSFNM and publisher of The Holmes Education Post. Hazing is defined as “any activity expected of someone to join a group that has the potential to humiliate, degrade, abuse or endanger a person regardless of his or her willingness to participate” in the activity. Similar to the university level, hazing is prevalent in the K-12 environment. According to the findings of two research studies conducted at the University of Maine and Alfred University, approximately half of the students belonging to groups (sports, clubs, organizations) were hazed in high school.
The effects of hazing may impact students emotionally and physically causing them to start a fight, participate in a crime, get injured, commit suicide or perform poorly in school. In the K-12 environment, however, students reported participating in hazing because it enabled them to feel closer as a group, provided approval by their peers and afforded an opportunity for revenge. Other students took part in hazing rituals because they were ill-informed, uneducated, pressured and influenced by the culture of the environment.
As a consequence, The Holmes Education Post, an education focused internet newspaper, through the leadership of the National Save the Family Now Movement, Inc., will develop a comprehensive curriculum model to prevent hazing and violence in the K-12 environment. This model will be developed by (1) researching and benchmarking best practices of school districts nation-wide with research-oriented anti-hazing prevention programs for stakeholders such as students, teachers, parents, school administrators and community liaisons; by (2) writing monthly articles on the research findings of ant-hazing prevention programs with evaluation instruments to measure the effectiveness of the program and by (3) posting the articles on The Holmes Education Post and making them available to other news media. Thank you.
Dr. Ronald Holmes is the author of Education Questions to be Answered. He is the President of The Holmes Education Post, an education focused internet newspaper. Holmes is the National Superintendent of Education for the National Save the Family Now Movement, Inc., a former teacher, school administrator and district superintendent.