Six Nonviolence Principles Taught in URI Education Classes

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Kay Johnson Bueno de Mesquita brought Kingian nonviolence into her Elementary Education courses, as students learned about Dr. King’s Six Nonviolence Principles. They connected the principles to children’s literature by finding conflict, characters, and incidents in the stories where one or more of the principles were evident. This is one way to promote peaceful classrooms through the literature and infusing Dr. King’s principles into the existing curriculum in an authentic and organic way. They brainstormed violent and nonviolent behaviors present in classrooms, made personal connections, discussed principles related to literature, ate Peace cookies, and left with a Peace Bookmark from the Peace Tree that had the word “peace” written in all languages of the world. Students are ready to bring nonviolence into their classrooms as they student teach in the spring.