Thursday, December 3, 2009

Radical Acts of Education

Yes! Magazine is an outstanding resource for anyone looking for stories of hopeful and positive action in the world. They have a list of thirteen organizations and strategies that foster life-long learning and personal growth while teaching age-old and brand-new skills. You can read about all of them here, but this one is my favorite:

Parents Learn to Listen

The Morningside Center for Social Responsibility believes families hold the key to creating a more peaceful world. Parents teach kids the emotional skills that influence their decisions for the rest of their lives.

That’s why Morningside offers workshops in more than 60 New York City schools to equip parents to understand their children’s emotions. One workshop exercise shows how put-downs can take a toll on a child’s self-esteem. A paper heart is ripped to symbolize a put-down either from a bully or a parent. By the end of a bad day, the heart is in tatters. The workshop is part of a program called Peace in the Family, which teaches parents to use open communication to handle their children’s emotions.

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