Brett Berk, a former teacher and preschool director and author of The Gay Uncle’s Guide to Parenting, might be expected to have a few thoughts on the subject of bullying and schools. We’re lucky he’s taken time from his more recent topics of Glee and cars to ask (and answer): “Would Kids Be Such Incorrigible Bullies if the Adults Around Them Weren’t Such Intolerant Jerks?

Once you’ve had your thoughts provoked by Brett, you can go read my more newsy piece on this week’s guidance to schools from the U.S. Department of Education, describing how current civil rights laws require schools to take action against bullying—including gender-based and sexual harassment of LGBT students.