Nobody Left to Hate: Teaching Compassion After Columbineby Elliot Aronson
On April 20th, 1999, the halls of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, reverberated with the sound of gunshots as two students, highly armed and consumed with rage, killed thirteen students and wounded twenty-three before tuning the guns on themselves. It was the worst school massacre in our nation's history. Can we prevent a tragedy like this from
On April 20th, 1999, the halls of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, reverberated with the sound of gunshots as two students, highly armed and consumed with rage, killed thirteen students and wounded twenty-three before tuning the guns on themselves. It was the worst school massacre in our nation's history. Can we prevent a tragedy like this from happening again?
In Nobody Left to Hate, leading social psychologist Elliot Aronson argues that the negative atmosphere in our schools--the exclusion, taunting, humiliation, and bullying--may have contributed to the pathological behavior of the shooters. At the very least, such an atmosphere makes school an unpleasant experience for most normal student.
But it doesn't have to be. Nobody Left to Hate offers concise, practical, and easy-to-apply strategies for creating a more supportive, stimulating, and compassionate environment in our schools. Based on decades of scientific research and classroom testing, these strategies explain how students can be taught to control their own impulses, how to respect others, and how to resolve conflicts amicably. In addition, they show teachers how to structure classes to promote cooperation rather than competition, without sacrificing academics. On the contrary, education is often greatly enhanced.
For parents, teachers, or anyone concerned with what is happening in our schools, Nobody Left to Hate provides a simple and effective plan of action that will make their children's school not only a safer place, but a more humane place of learning.
About the Author:
Elliot Aronson's standing as one of the world's most distinguished and versatile social psychologists is reflected in the wide variety of national and international awards he has received for his teaching, for his scientific research, for his writing, and for his contributions to society. Among these awards: in 1970, the American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded him its prize for distinguished basic research in social psychology. In 1975, the American Psychological Association presented him with the National Media Award for writing his book The Social Animal. In 1980, he received both a distinguished teaching award and a distinguished research award from the American Psychological Association. APA also awarded him the Gordon Allport prize for his contributions to the reduction of prejudice and the betterment of intergroup relation. In 1981, he was named Professor of the Year by the American Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Scientific Career Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychologists. Inducted in 1992, Elliot Aronson is a fellow of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. In 1999, he received the American Psychological Association's highest award for a lifetime of scientific contributions.
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Wonderfully written. Lucid, energetic, and engaging. The topic is of huge interest and importance... [Aronson's] optimism and empathy come through loud and clear.
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