David Kisor and Tom
Lottman, a composer and researcher,
respectively, work in harmony perpetually crafting a chorus of
“strength-based” education for Growing Sound, a division of Children,
Inc. that produces
children’s songs and music videos to encourage pro-social learning in
the early years of childhood.
I was a ripe, sitting target for a bully when I entered
the fourth grade at Heritage Hill Elementary School in Springdale: I was
a shy 9-year-old; my single mother was settling her three kids after
abruptly leaving our father and bouncing about in a station wagon.
In the idyllic world of TV sitcoms,
bullying among school-age youth usually entails some name-calling and
maybe the exchange of a few punches. The problem is fixed within 30
minutes or an hour, usually with some sage words of wisdom dispensed by
an adult. Cue commercial. Bullying in the real world, however, isn’t so easily remedied.