Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking
Conflict can arise among different people in a variety of ways and at different levels of severity. When two or more people, groups, or countries interact, their individual needs and goals may conflict. Conflict normally comes about over the pursuit of self-interests. The way that society tries to prevent conflict is by establishing laws or guidelines that regulate the self-serving behaviors of individuals and groups (Meyers, 2009). One major situation that can cause conflict is when a person feels they are being treated wrong. As defined, justice is giving out rewards in proportion to a person’s contributions (Meyers, 2009). One instance of conflict that fits this situation is bullying in schools among children. Children are a very impressionable population within society. Peer acceptance and influence is of utmost concern among children in public and private schools. With these needs also comes the need to feel in control or gain attention when he or she feels low on the social acceptance level among their peers. This type of situation can lead to a major conflict in our schools called bullying. Although bullying continues to be a consistent issue in the schools, steps to learning how to recognize and prevent bullying situations can lead to peacemaking capabilities among the children affected. Conflict of Bullying
Bullying is one of the most difficult conflicts to resolve among school leaders, teachers, parents, and those children involved. The effects of bullying can be detrimental to the victim. Some children have gone as far as to take their own lives because they were constantly being bullied. The problem escalates when nothing is done to stop the bully or the punishment does not work. Most school systems today have anti-bullying programs to help children better understand why bullying is wrong and what actions they can take if they are a victim of bullies. However, even with these techniques being taught, the...
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