Lynn Stoddard (“Eliminating the root cause of bullying,” April 18) suggests that by eliminating the focus on English and math, which are the mothers of success in becoming employed, self-reliant citizens, we can automatically eliminate bullying.

Not so.

Bullying is a self-perpetuated attitude; not a guiltless disease of self-perceived victims. Bullies come in all colors, shapes, sizes and nerdiness. Student attitudes toward each other cannot be manipulated by changing school curriculums or school administrators. Attitudes are germinated and nurtured in our homes, where teaching can be controlled best by parents.

Byron Gibbs

Salt Lake City