Unfortunately some teachers do bully children. If we define bullying as “repeated oppression of a less powerful person by a more powerful person or group”, then the question becomes, “Do some teachers oppress children?” Another way of putting it is, “Are there teachers who act cruelly towards children?” Teaching is a profession where one person needs to be in control of 20 to 30 other people, so there's a power imbalance (and there needs to be!). It's when that power is repeatedly abused that it can be considered bullying.
I certainly remember teachers who acted in an unfair manner to specific children. Sometimes they seemed to pick on a child who was already unpopular; maybe they thought they would impress the other kids. Other teachers seemed to get a little bit too much satisfaction by demonstrating their power over children. They sometimes thought what they were doing was funny, but the victim never did.
Schools have, by and large, turned a corner with bullying, and take it very seriously. Generally that's bullying by other children, but most schools should have policies in place to make sure that teachers are also acting in a reasonable manner towards students. If you are being bullied, or a child you care for is being bullied, sometimes a calm discussion between the teacher and parent will be enough - not all bullies realise the consequences of their behaviour, and there is often a fine line. If that doesn't work, it might be time to have a chat to the school principal.
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