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This report describes the Pledge of Nonviolence, a peace-educated program designed for all levels of schooling. The seven components of the Pledge expand the value of respect for others to focus on the understanding of, tolerance for, and cooperation with those who are different. The Pledge also acknowledges the need to respect the whole of creation, encouraging the attitudes and skills necessary for appreciating, protecting, and enhancing the earth. The Pledge helps students understand the culture of violence and stresses the urgency of action against violence and injustice in communities. The seven components of the Pledge are the following: respect self and others, communicate better, listen carefully, forgive, respect nature, play creatively, and be courageous. Three additional goals are appended to the Pledge: proclaim visually the commitment to being a peacemaking community through drawings and symbols, celebrate peacemaking through holidays and special events, and involve parents in all peacemaking activities. The Pledge of Nonviolence offers schools a vision, a strategy, and the concrete skills and values for becoming a peacemaking community. A copy of the Pledge is included. (RJM)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Peace, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Prosocial Behavior, School Security, Violence

Author: McGinnis, James


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