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Muskegon Middle Schoolers Get Some Tips on Conflict Resolution
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Muskegon Middle Schoolers Get Some Tips on Conflict Resolution

In response to public cries for answers regarding conflict in and outside of our schools Timberland Charter Academy decided to take a different approach in addressing some of the problems facing their students. In a society where zero tolerance policies, strict legal ramifications and over the top laws are having difficulty providing solutions to the serious problems that our kids continually face, this small school in Muskegon is working to do something more.  Wondering if stiffer penalties and inflexible guidelines are the only ways to deal with issues facing the young people attending their schools, playing in their neighborhoods and walking down their streets, assistant principal Todd Hendricks tries another approach.

The real question that needs to be asked is whether or not the bullying and violence is the problem, or if it is a symptom of something deeper? How can we inspire the respect needed to even have a chance of avoiding the threats of bullying and violence? In the real world there are real problems that are often not addressed and skills that are not taught. Among those skills are the basics of conflict resolution.

On Friday, May 13th twelve students from Timberland Charter Academy in Muskegon, Michigan would get the opportunity to experience some methods of cross cultural conflict resolution and tactical verbal communication skills.  These skills could teach the kids not only how to deal with altercations differently, but how to live more empowered lives in general.

"I’m excited, as usual.  This is one more chance to change a kids life," Vice Principal Hendricks stated in his email.

The two hour session taught by Ronin Empowerment Group  was an introduction to the PeaceWalker Project, a program that trains teachers and students not only how to resolve conflict, but how to live a healthier, more empowered life. The idea is as Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

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