Our world is more diverse and growing more so every single day. Learning to be civil even with differences, is something everyone needs to learn to have respectful conversations.


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

. .  Explore the challenges of teaching civility to our young and re-learning civility for ourselves. Go to our Resource :  Be Civil!

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