"It Is More Important to Be Kind Than to Be Right"
As discussed in the previous post, character education is indeed a challenge. As teachers and parents, I think a good starting point is to model not so much being right, but more on demonstrating acts of kindness. A good list to begin with is enumerated by cooperative learning experts David Johnson and Roger Johnson:
■ I am critical of ideas, not people.
■ I focus on making the best decision possible, not on "winning."
■ I encourage everyone to participate.
■ I listen to everyone's ideas, even if I do not agree, and restate (paraphrase) what someone said if it is not clear.
■ I try to understand both sides.
■ I change my mind when the evidence clearly indicates that I should do so.
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When Did Being Right Become More Important Than Progress
Without kindness, learning becomes so much more difficult if not impossible.