The PeaceMakers curriculum is a proven-effective K-12
public school-based program developed by the FreeWay
Project in 1996. It has been field-tested in hundreds
of Missouri classrooms.
The curriculum is based on the concept that violence
begins with attitudes of mind, progresses through angry
speech, and results in hostile actions. It uses dozens of interactive games
and activities to teach students to speak courteously
and treat others politely, with dignity and respect
. . . the same way they would like to be spoken to and
PeaceMakers curriculum uses fresh lesson plans and challenging
learning activities to teach three fundamental principles:
1. Be sure you know the truth before you speak; control
what you say and how you say it; do not criticize or
condemn anyone personally.
2. In conflict situations, be willing to compromise
rather than always demanding your own way; seek immediate
reconciliation and offer complete forgiveness.
3. Do not practice revenge or try to "get even"
in any way; use the tactics of avoidance, passive resistance,
and non-violence; combat hatefulness with kindness.
The curriculum is user-friendly. It requires little
preparation time by the teacher. All lesson plans and activities are reproducible for student use. It meets the guidelines and requirements
for federal and state grant proposals for purchase of
"Safe and Drug-free School" curriculum.
In a 2001 study of 957 students in 14 schools, violent
behavior was reduced significantly by the teaching of
PeaceMakers curriculum. The survey was designed to measure
the changes in "high risk" students brought
about by the 4-session classroom activities taught by
FreeWay prevention specialists in grades 3-12. Overall
results revealed that PeaceMakers reduced "holding
grudges/seeking revenge" by 17.7%. Verbal abuse
was reduced by 24.4%, and physical abuse was reduced
by 13.5%. Click here to read
PeaceMakers curricula for children and youth,
grades K-12 is available and priced below:
- Grades K-3 $30.00 ea.
- Grades 4-8 $30.00 ea.
- Grades 9-12 $30.00 ea.
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