Educators have standards to meet. Educators have data to collect. I understand that. So I wanted to share my observatons from teaching Chappell’s work in both my high school and college classes.
Anecdotal Evidence from Teaching Peace Literacy:
Academic Skills for the Students
- Students read nonfiction that properly cites references.
- Students recognize citations that provide information to primary documents.
- Students learn the importance of repetition to provide the necessary focus.
- Students gain understanding of historical references for relevant background information.
- Students study Greek mythology references for universal metaphors of the human condition.
- Students study practical pedagogy for useful strategies for creating more peace.
- Students read anecdotes for understanding and for use as supporting claims.
- Students recognize relevant examples that fit into the set curriculum.
Social Skills for the Students in the Classroom and Beyond
- Students learn to reflect and dialogue.
- Students learn the explanations of root causes of behavior.
- Students begin to understand the root causes of aggression in themselves and in others.
- Students understand the importance of listening and communication.
- Students learn conflict resolution.
- Students begin to understand interpersonal skills.
- Students learn the importance of introspection.
- Students gain an ability to see the nuances in situations.
- Students gain the knowledge to be more reflective.
- Students become more empathetic to the unfamiliar.
- Students dialogue with others who do not share the same beliefs in an authentic manner.
- Students learn life-long skills for college, the workplace, and life.