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Nobody Left to Hate: Teaching Compassion After Columbine
     

Nobody Left to Hate: Teaching Compassion After Columbine

by Elliot Aronson
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Chance, PhD
Aronson is an eminent social psychologist and an engaging and lucid writer. His book is one that every educator and parent should read.
Psychology Today
James Garbarino
James Garbino, Professor of Human Development at Cornell University Americans are too ready to blame individuals for social problems like youth violence.  Elliot Aronson brings to bear the power of social psychology to help us understand why a negative school environment can push vulnerable kids over the edge and how restructuring that environment can bring them back into the fold.  At a time when many people in public life are offering quick fixes and punitive strategies based upon faulty analyses of the problem, Aronson offers a road map for changing the social environment of the school from competition and nastiness to cooperation and acceptance. Bravo!
Len Saxe
Len Saxe, Ph.D., Professor of Social Welfare, Brandeis University Dr. Aronson has written an important book. It has the potential to change how the public, and policy makers in particular, think about the Littleton tragedy and how to make our schools safe havens where the joy of learning is the focus--not the fear of violence. There is no question that Aronson is in a position to be an authoritative voice as the leading social psychologist of our era--a scientist with an extraordinary record of accomplishment and a communicator par excellence.
Philip Zimbardo
Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University Aronson's brilliant social psychological analysis of the Columbine High School massacre offers us the mind to understand this mindless violence and the heart that could prevent it from erupting again. . . . Nobody Left to Hate offers a root cause solution based on decades of scientific psychological research and wise theory by the author and his colleagues--change the structure and values of our nation's classrooms to make them more equivalent to an ideal home atmosphere."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780716741329
Publisher:
Freeman, W. H. & Company
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.79(d)

What People are Saying About This

Susan Engel
Susan Engel, Director of Program in Teaching, Williams College, and author of The Stories Children Tell

Wonderfully written. Lucid, energetic, and engaging. The topic is of huge interest and importance... [Aronson's] optimism and empathy come through loud and clear.

James Garbarino
At a time when many people in public life are offering quick fixes and punitive strategies based upon faulty analyses of the problem, Aronson offers a road map for changing the social environment of the school from competition and nastiness to cooperation and acceptance. Bravo!
— James Garbarino, Ph.D., author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them , and Professor of Human Development at Cornell University
Dave Myers
What a great idea to apply social psychology to the schools of today...Aronson's knowledge of social psychology, his research, and experience on cooperative learning in schools, and his rhetorical gifts make him the perfect person to write this book.
— (Dave Myers, Professor of Psychology, Hope College, and author of the textbook Psychology )

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