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With all of the civil unrest going on in the world today, it's time we examine the values we're passing on to our children. What if we taught our kids conflict resolution as opposed to physical combat, and imparted them with tools to navigate grief and anger through positive outlets?
Although a great deal of education funding has been cut in the US, it's imperative children are taught how to constructively manage difficult situations with their peers. Implementing conflict resolution and grief management programs would help kids learn how to have conversations about their feelings without resorting to violence and verbal abuse.
Sign the petition asking the Secretary of the Department of Education John B. King, Jr. to support this cause by requiring public schools to implement conflict resolution and grief management programs for children.
Dear Secretary King,
I am concerned about the social development of schoolchildren in the United States today. It seems that now more than ever, bitter wars continue to escalate and physical combat is commonplace. Children are exposed to physical violence in the media and at home on a regular basis, and consequently they're led to believe that aggression is a valid way to solve interpersonal issues.
We all know this is not true, however. Violence only leads to pain and suffering, and moreover does not cure problems. In fact, it only fosters them. We need to encourage our children, both at school and at home, that talking about their thoughts and feelings has positive effects and can very effectively solve a dispute or difficult situation.
Conflict resolution programs must be implemented so that children have a safe haven to consult when they don't know how to approach a conflict. If they aren't given a forum upon which to discuss their feelings rationally, they may resort to what they deem to be quick solutions— which often involve physical violence.
Please work toward requiring all public schools to invoke conflict resolution and grief support programs so that our children may grow up without ever thinking violence is an option.