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Religion in schools? Forget it. Love is the thing religions are based on. It can be taught—but by showing instead of telling. Love is part of the mission statement at my kids’ school, and it shows in a carefully cultivated diversity and an atmosphere of joyful learning that inspires caring.
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I read about a suicide bomber who lived through his attack. When asked why he did it, he said, “They killed my friend, so I wanted to kill them.” This made me terribly sad. Revenge is easy. Forgiveness is hard. But it heals. The best way to teach it is through telling all sides of a story. History education shouldn’t just be a series of dates for wars. We need to show how cooperation is more transformative than fighting.
Schools can’t do it alone, though. Kids learn mostly from parents, so we need to refresh ourselves on these lessons, too. Now, put all that in your backpack. And while you’re at it, kids, go out and play!