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With all of the civil unrest going on in the world today, it's time we examine the values we're passing on to our children. What if we taught our kids conflict resolution as opposed to physical combat, and imparted them with tools to navigate grief and anger through positive outlets?

Although a great deal of education funding has been cut in the US, it's imperative children are taught how to constructively manage difficult situations with their peers. Implementing conflict resolution and grief management programs would help kids learn how to have conversations about their feelings without resorting to violence and verbal abuse.

Sign the petition asking the Secretary of the Department of Education John B. King, Jr. to support this cause by requiring public schools to implement conflict resolution and grief management programs for children.

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Dear Secretary King,

I am concerned about the social development of schoolchildren in the United States today. It seems that now more than ever, bitter wars continue to escalate and physical combat is commonplace. Children are exposed to physical violence in the media and at home on a regular basis, and consequently they're led to believe that aggression is a valid way to solve interpersonal issues.

We all know this is not true, however. Violence only leads to pain and suffering, and moreover does not cure problems. In fact, it only fosters them. We need to encourage our children, both at school and at home, that talking about their thoughts and feelings has positive effects and can very effectively solve a dispute or difficult situation.

Conflict resolution programs must be implemented so that children have a safe haven to consult when they don't know how to approach a conflict. If they aren't given a forum upon which to discuss their feelings rationally, they may resort to what they deem to be quick solutions— which often involve physical violence.

Please work toward requiring all public schools to invoke conflict resolution and grief support programs so that our children may grow up without ever thinking violence is an option.


Petition Signatures

Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 2, 2017 Elizabeth Wolff
Oct 28, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 21, 2017 Barbara Sickles
Oct 21, 2017 ej frost
Oct 17, 2017 Cynthia Super
Oct 9, 2017 Melissa Bird
Oct 8, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 8, 2017 Sara DuBois
Oct 8, 2017 Kim Hanke
Oct 8, 2017 Anna Krohn
Aug 27, 2017 Sandra Zeigler
Aug 27, 2017 Jo Nicholas
Aug 27, 2017 Lori Hernandez
Aug 25, 2017 Faye Harbottle Childhood is such an important time in our lives. Thank you for this letter. Let's hope it achieves its purpose.
Aug 24, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 23, 2017 Dìane van Weelie
Aug 19, 2017 Fern Swecker
Aug 10, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 9, 2017 Lily Dayan Cimadoro
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2017 N Sayer
Aug 2, 2017 Jan Adler
Jul 24, 2017 Misti Kane
Jul 24, 2017 John Atkins
Jul 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 refhan irtem
Jul 22, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 21, 2017 Helena Miller
Jul 1, 2017 Kyle Bracken
Jul 1, 2017 Carol Painter
Jun 28, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 25, 2017 Thao Vu
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2017 Caren Shiloh
Jun 7, 2017 Nancy Wein
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Dawn Ward-Doma
May 15, 2017 Joy Smiley
May 15, 2017 Susan Lindsey
May 15, 2017 Pamela Llewellyn
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi

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