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This week we look at Asset #36, Peaceful Conflict Resolution. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they seek to resolve conflict non-violently.” Forty-five percent of youth nationwide are reported to have this Asset.
Several years ago, several sites in the Los Alamos Public Schools District took part in training called, “Restorative Justice.” These teachers, counselors, instructional assistants, bus drivers, coaches and other staff members were taught the principles of Restorative Justice.
This skill set is utilized at sites from playgrounds to classrooms and address issues of all varieties to allow youth to develop the skills to handle problems on their own. The biggest skill set that has to be developed is one that applies to us all, the art of listening.
Why would listening be called an art? We’ve become a society that is preparing the answer before the question is even finished being asked. Think of the student in the classroom who is shouting “oh, oh, oh,” because they know the answer.
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