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Free the Children!: Conflict Education for Strong & Peaceful Minds
by Susan Gingras Fitzell, Foreword by Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle

AVAILABILITY: Out of Print (Available for Order)

Publication Date: December 2004
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Binding: Trade Paper
Topics: CHILD REARING
Condition: Special Sale

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Today more than ever, progressive educators and parents are looking for professional and practical guidance to help them raise peaceful children. 'Free the Children!' offers a unique approach to helping ourselves and our children break free from negative cultural and media conditioning that creates aggression and conflict.

Covering pre-K through twelfth grade, this insightful resource presents five essential components necessary for an effective conflict education curriculum that is developmentally appropriate. In non-technical language, the author explores key issues including raising a peaceful male child in a violent world; how to encourage children's natural empathy; the effect of media violence on the chemistry of children's brains; building community; school bullies; dating violence; and empowering adolescent girls to refuse the role of the "victim" and embrace personal strength.

Chapter topics include: the five ingredients for a successful conflict education program; individual chapters dealing with the Preschool/Kindergarten Child, the Lower Elementary Child, the Upper Elementary Child, the Junior High Adolescent, and the High School Adolescent; an informative appendix (which includes black line masters) and an extensive bibliography.

Grounded in real stories and the author's own profound experiences in her twelve years of teaching conflict resolution, this is more than an activity book - it is inspirational reading for anyone who wants to nurture strong, peaceful minds.

Susan Fitzell, M.Ed., founder of AIMHI Educational Programs, develops and delivers workshops on character and conflict education, social skills and empowerment. She also offers workshops aimed at assisting educators in meeting the needs of individuals in the regular classroom. She is a full-time high school special needs teacher and adjunct faculty for graduate level teacher certification programs. Her primary focus is "conflict education". She has over 13 years experience in the classroom. Susan is also a student of Kung Fu, a Chinese style of martial arts. The study of martial arts aids us in understanding aggression and violence. By teaching mental or physical self-defense, students develop the confidence to diffuse hostility by alternative, nonviolent means.

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