Sex Ed and the Global Pound Conference : A Teachable Moment
In 1980 only 3 of the 50 United States mandated sex education in schools, by 1993, a mere thirteen years later, 47 of the 50 states required some form of sex ed for students and all 50 required AIDS education in schools. What changed? In her article, How AIDS Changed the History of Sex Education, Lily Rothman argues that the fear of AIDS catalyzed the rapid implementation of sex ed in our nation's schools. There is a lesson to be learned.
Conflict kills in our schools and in our society. I believe that we can drastically decrease conflict and violence in our schools if we develop and implement conflict resolution curricula for students, such as the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators, which is published by the United States Institute of Peace. In addition to the the direct benefits which will accrue to our children and our school communities, we will also be imparting priceless conflict resolution skills to our up and coming new generation. Imagine the impact we can have on global conflict resolution if we teach our children conflict resolution skills, which they will carry with them throughout their lives.
The Global Pound Conference has begun a two year world-wide effort at improving conflict resolution in our society. Providing our children with conflict resolution skills should find an important place on their agenda.