As the prevalence of violence in our society and
its devastating effects become more evident, never before has the
need for violence prevention
in our schools been more urgent.
CHOICES for Positive Youth Relationships
provides an effective opportunity to incorporate abuse prevention
and early intervention
curriculum. There are many ways to integrate learning about non-violence
into the curriculum. History, literature,
and social studies provide non-violent role models whose lives
and work can
provide inspiration. Current events provide an opportunity to
the role of violence in our world and to consider alternatives
that might result in more peaceful and productive outcomes.
the roles that inequity, disrespect, lack of empathy, poor communication,
inattention to safety, low self-esteem, intolerance
and emotional immaturity play in creating and escalating conflict
helps students to understand the underlying values that give
rise to violence.
Teaching young people through experiential learning
and skills application how to deal with their emotions, to practice
such as negotiation, conflict management, and mediation, to develop
tolerance for differences and to build appropriate assertiveness
and safety-awareness is the essential methodology of an integrated
to violence prevention.