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September 25, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I II I Blessed are the peacemakers .Student learn to,respire conflicts themselves ByMARY ANNHUGHES ..... one'oftieirr01esin t}m class - "s"Xl:'0:ogizing tuents classroom as happy as Message staff writer room is that of peacemaker, learn that "I'm sorry" doesn't could be. One of the gems of creativ e conflict, resolution is to .er/: courage students to also'be- come peacemakers. Before that can happen, students must be taught that there are realistic anti workable alter- natives to aggressive and pas- sive behavior. These alternatives include: Taking turns. Sharing. Chance. Both sides may agree to flip a coin. Postponement. Both sides agree to put off conflict reso- lution until both are more in control. ,. Avoidance: Sometimes it s not worth the bother. Let the other person have it. Getting help. Students learn to ask help from some- one who can be counted on for a fair decision. This might include friends, parents and teachers. Teachers at St. Theresa School in Evansville, are doing things a little differ- 'ently thia fall. When students get em- broiled in disputes, when there are fights, when chil- dren aren't being inch|ded, the teachers are encouraging their students to settle things themselves. The program is called ative Conflict Resolution Cre-and the goal is peace in the class- room, ."The idea is to get kids to solve their own problems," explained Karen Riordan, St Theresa's -: . , " pnncipaL Before school began this fall, teachers from both St. Theresa's and St, Matthew School in Mount Vernon at- tended a workshop on Cre- ative Conflict Resolution. During the workshop, the teachers were reminded that "SERVING EVANSVILLE-NEWBURGH ELBERFELD AREA SINCE 1911" WITH DEPENDABILITY DIGNITY & DISTINCTION Three Locations To Serve You 424-9288 IMPSON- Y E It - FUNERAL HOME 100 E. COLUMBIA, EVANSVILLE . !MPSON FUNERAL HOME 853-8314 mean 'Tin wrong." An apol- ogY !ets the other person know that you are sorry about the situation. Humor. A good laugh works miracles; students learn to laugh at the problem, not the person. Compromising. Both give up something and both get something. Teachers in the primary grades at St. Theresa decided to make special tiles listing each of these strategies. When their students have conflicts, they are encouraged to flip through the tiles and pick one they both agree on. Sister Mar) ' ' Ar/dre Get- telfinger, O.S.B., St. Theresa's kindergarten teacher, said she brought two af her students together after one child hit the other. She asked them how they planned ta resolve their conflict. The first child said, "I could say I'm sorry." And the second child added, "We could say we aren't going to do this again." Riordan said a group of stu- dents had been shunning a child on the playground dur- ing recess. "The teacher gath- ered all of the students to- gether. She told them she was unhappy about what had happened. She sent them out in the hall and told them to 'get out there and solve it.' She didn't even monitor it and they all came back in the "The idea is to put it back on the students.' ..... The program is designed'to teach children cooperation, communication, tolerance, positive emotional expression and conflict resolution skills. Cooperation. Children learn to work together and' trust, to help and to share with each other. Communication. Chil- dren learn It) observe care- fully, communicate accu- rately, anti listen sensitively. 'tolerance. Children learn to respect and appreciate peo- ple's differences and to un- derstand prejudice and how it works. Positive emotional ex- pression. Children learn to express feelings, particular anger and frustration, in ways that are not aggressive or de- structive, and children learn self-control. Conflict resolution. Chil- dren learn the skill of re- sponding creatively to con- flict in the context of a supportive, caring commu- nity. "Peace and Justice has been an issue of mine," Riordan said, adding, "it has bothered me to see our kids be aggres- sive. With Creative Conflict Resolution, we are giving them a life skill. We are em- powering them to resolve their conflicts." St. Theresa teacher Roberta Waninger discusses ways to re- solve conflict with first graders Stefanie Hayden and Brian Wolf. . . .> II I II I 11 : L III IIIIIII III1[1111 II IJl I Bishop: Admit women The Catholic Churc should admit women to th priesthood because "justice demands it and "the.paS .toral needs.of:the churc require it," said Auxiliary] Bishop P. Francis Murphy| of Baltimore. He consider] the question "as 'irportant,! as theisue PflYrraisedi with Peterinl; he'adi mission of gentile into Christianity." H defehded his loyalty 'to tHechurch I sayingi"?To speak the tru in love is the: deapest loy alty to anyOite' '0ran , institution." :" ' 4aoi MO Swiss doctor peqUOt