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Toolkit for “The Sikh and the Skinhead”


Use quotes from famous individuals to facilitate student reflection on the importance of conflict resolution.

 

Step One

Write the quotes below on slips of paper. Place the slips on students’ desks. When students enter the room, instruct them to read the quote on their desk and rephrase it in their own words.

 

Step Two

Have students stand. Tell them, “In 30 seconds, when I say ‘go,’ take fives steps. Share your quote with a classmate and then tell them what it means to you.” 

 

Step Three

To improve listening skills—a major component of culturally responsive conflict resolution— have the student who heard the quote paraphrase it back to the student who read the quote. This practice also checks for comprehension.

 

Quotes

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. — Marie Curie

Don't ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them.— Booker T. Washington

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
— Nelson Mandela

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. — Albert Einstein

He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him. — Milan Kundera

Only reverence can restrain violence—reverence for human life and the environment. — William Sloane Coffin, Jr.