Today’s world is more diverse than ever.  People come from many different cultures and upbringings which can result in conflict and misunderstandings.  Children, from a very young age, need to be taught how to challenge differences in a way that is respectful and productive. 

  • Lead by example
  • Think before you act, or speak
  • Be Kind - always apply the golden rule and be respectful and polite to others
  • Apologize when you’re wrong
  • Disagree with humor, intelligence and intentional understanding
  • Listen with an open mind , free of emotional roadblocks like anger
  • Build character with skills like respect and empathy both at home and at school
  • Demand civility from politicians, celebrities and others who have influence and power
  • Encourage civil behaviors by setting ground rules at home and at school
  • Challenge ideas and perspectives without attacking the person
  • Be tolerant of people who are different
  • Praise good behavior, even if you disagree with what is being said
  • Take a stand by teaching children how to prevent and stop bullying
  • Remind students often why we should be civil
  • Teach children how to become engaged citizens

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