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Living Values Education

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    Diane Tillman

    Living Values Activities for Children Ages 814

    With Activities from Educators Around the World

    This file has been made available

    to educators and parents

    as a courtesy of Health Communication, Inc.

    and the Association of Living Values Education International.

    This file contains the Peace Unit of

    Living Values Activities for Children Ages 814.

    The full book in English with 12 values units is available through

    HCI and

    (Published in 10 languages. See page 8 for a list of which languages.)

    Values posters are available

    for free download on the website.

Please note that the Setting the Context and Introduction sections are updated. These

    updated chapters will be in the new edition of the book, when HCI reprints. This edition

    made available on the international Living Values Education website. (May 2012)

    C O N T E N T S

Setting the Context 3

     The Need for Values Education 3

     The Living Values Education Approach 4

     LVE Resource Materials 8

     Purpose and Aims 9

     The Living Values Series 9

     For Children and Youth At-Risk 11

     History of Living Values Education 12

     Acknowledgement 13

     Results 16

Introduction Exploring and Developing Values 21

     Teaching Values 21

     The Developing Values Schematic The LVEP Method 22


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     Bringing In the Values of Your Culture 35

     Making Values Education a Practical Reality 36

     Incorporating Values Into the Existing Curriculum 40

One: Peace Unit 43

     Reflection Points 43

    Objectives 43


    Lesson 1 Imagining a Peaceful World 44

    Lesson 2 A Peaceful World 45

    Lesson 3 A World of Peace Versus a World of Conflict 45

    Lesson 4 Time Capsule 46

    Lesson 5 If We Were All Peaceful 46

    Lesson 6 Baking a World Cake 47

    Lesson 7 Baking a World Cake Continues 48

    Lesson 8 A Special Place 48

    Relax/Focus Peaceful Star Relaxation Exercise 48

    Lesson 9 Increasing Peace at School 49

    Lesson 10 Feelings of Peace Collage 49

    Lesson 11 Words of Peace 50

    Lesson 12 Arms Are For . . . 50

    Lesson 13 Peace Slogans 51

    Lesson 14 Remembering War 51

    Teacher Notes Conflict Resolution 52

    Lesson 15 Conflict Resolution 54

    Lesson 16 What We Like and Don‘t Like – Under the Anger 55

    Lesson 17 Conflict Resolution and Listening 56

    Options A Peace Circle and/or A Peace Club 58

    Lesson 18 Conflict Resolution Peers as Mediators 58

    Lesson 19 Interviews 59

    Lesson 20 Interviews 59

    Lesson 21 Peaceful Colors, Angry Colors 60

    Lesson 22 Contrast and Solve 60

    Lesson 23 Peace Heroes 61

    Lesson 24 Collaborative Painting 61

    Option Additional Peace Activities 62

    Additional 811 Dove Game 62

    Additional 1214 Manifestations of Peace in the World 63


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    The Need for Values Education

     Young people are increasingly affected by bullying, social problems, violence

    and a lack of respect for each other and the world around them, while their

    teachers and parents are impacted by new challenges and pressures. The educators

    involved in Living Values Education invite you to join us in a global endeavor to

    help children and youth explore and develop positive values and move toward their

    potential. We are creating caring, respectful environments where students feel safe

    and want to learn. Living Values Education Program is effective in decreasing

    violence and bullying, and creating safe, caring school climates which are

    conducive to quality learning.

     As educators, we are not only implementing Living Values Education to

    improve student behavior and create a caring school climate that enables quality

    learning. We feel that the cognitive thinking skills and social and emotional skills

    that students are exposed to and asked to explore and develop will help them make

    positive socially-conscious choices, grow toward their potential, and help them

    engage in the community with respect, confidence and purpose. What children and

    youth learn is later woven into the fabric of society. Education must have positive

    values at its heart and the resulting expression of them as its aim if we are to seek

    to create a better world for all.

     The challenge of helping children and youth acquire values is no longer as simple as it used to be when being a good role model and relating moral stories was sufficient. Violent movies and video games that glorify violence are attractive, and desensitize youth to the effect of such actions. Youth often see people who display greed, arrogance and negative


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    behavior rewarded with admiration and status. As they grow, apathy and resentment can wash away their idealism with each wave of broken promises and news about violence and injustice. ―Good‖ students may adopt values-based behaviors when exposed to awareness-

    level values activities, but do they base decisions in their personal and professional lives on values years later when they become adults? ―Good‖ students benefit when guided through

    an exploration of values and their implications for the self, others and the larger society; many are eager to reach out and make a positive difference. Resistant‖ students or

    marginalized youth who turn away angrily from a moralizing approach to character education also benefit when guided through an exploration of values where their voice is heard and the process of one of facilitation. It is important to teach values education in such a way that each young person can be reached; each person is important in the creation of safer, more positive communities.

     As Jacques Delors noted in Learning: The Treasure Within, we must not just educate

    our children and youth ―to know‖ and ―to do‖, we must also educate them ―to be‖ and ―to live together‖ (1996). Quality education recognizes the whole person and promotes

    education that involves the affective domain as well as the cognitive. Values such as peace, love, respect, tolerance, cooperation and freedom, are cherished and aspired for the world over. Such values are the sustaining force of human society and progress.

     Educators, and activities, that actively engage and allow students the opportunity to explore and experience their own qualities are of crucial importance. Students benefit by developing skills to cognitively explore and understand values. For students to be motivated to learn and utilize positive and cooperative social skills, the creation of a values-based atmosphere in which they are encouraged, listened to and valued is also essential. It is in this context, and in response to the call for values to be at the heart of learning, that Living Values Education (LVE) was developed.

    The Living Values Education Approach

    Vision Statement


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     Living Values Education is a way of conceptualizing education that promotes the development of values-based learning communities and places the search for meaning and purpose at the heart of education. LVE emphasizes the worth and integrity of each person involved in the provision of education, in the home, school and community. In fostering quality education, LVE supports the overall development of the individual and a culture of positive values in each society and throughout the world, believing that education is a purposeful activity designed to help humanity flourish.

Core Principles

     Living Values Education is based on the following core principles:

    On the learning and teaching environment

    1. When positive values and the search for meaning and purpose are placed at the heart of

    learning and teaching, education itself is valued.

    2. Learning is especially enhanced when occurring within a values-based learning

    community, where values are imparted through quality teaching, and learners discern

    the consequences, for themselves, others and the world at large, of actions that are and

    are not based on values.

    3. In making a values-based learning environment possible, educators not only require

    appropriate quality teacher education and ongoing professional development, they also

    need to be valued, nurtured and cared for within the learning community. 4. Within the values-based learning community, positive relationships develop out of the

    care that all involved have for each other.

    On the teaching of values

    5. The development of a values-based learning environment is an integral part of values

    education, not an optional extra.

    6. Values education is not only a subject on the curriculum. Primarily it is pedagogy; an

    educational philosophy and practice that inspires and develops positive values in the

    classroom. Values-based teaching and guided reflection support the process of learning

    as a meaning-making process, contributing to the development of critical thinking,


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    imagination, understanding, self-awareness, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and

    consideration of others.

    7. Effective values educators are aware of their own thoughts, feelings, attitudes and

    behavior and sensitive to the impact these have on others.

    8. A first step in values education is for teachers to develop a clear and accurate

    perception of their own attitudes, behavior and emotional literacy as an aid to living

    their own values. They may then help themselves and encourage others to draw on the

    best of their own personal, cultural and social qualities, heritage and traditions.

    On the nature of persons within the world and the discourse of education 9. Central to the Living Values Education concept of education is a view of persons as

    thinking, feeling, valuing whole human beings, culturally diverse and yet belonging to

    one world family. Education must therefore concern itself with the intellectual,

    emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of the individual.

    10. The discourse of education, of thinking, feeling and valuing, is both analytic and poetic.

    Establishing a dialogue about values within the context of a values-based learning

    community facilitates an interpersonal, cross-cultural exchange on the importance and

    means of imparting values in education.


     The implementation of Living Values Education is facilitated by the Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE International), a non-profit-making association of organizations around the world concerned with values education.

     Drawing on a strong volunteer base, the advancement and implementation of Living Values Education is supported by UNESCO and a host of other organizations, agencies, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals. It is part of the global movement for a culture of peace in the framework of the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. ALIVE groups together national bodies promoting Living Values Education and is


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    an independent organization that does not have any particular or exclusive religious, political or national affiliation or interest.

     ALIVE is registered as an association in Switzerland. In some countries national Living Values Education associations have been formed, usually comprised of educators, education officials, and representatives of organizations and agencies involved with student or parent education.


     In pursuing its mission and implementing its core principles, the Association for Living Values Education International and its Associates and Focal Points provide: 1. Professional development courses, seminars and workshops for teachers and others

    involved in the provision of education.

    2. Classroom teaching material and other educational resources, in particular an

    award-winning series of five resource books containing practical values activities and

    a range of methods for use by educators, facilitators, parents and caregivers to help

    children and young adults to explore and develop twelve widely-shared human values.

    These five resource books are Living Values Activities for Children Ages 37, Living

    Values Activities for Children Ages 814, Living Values Activities for Young Adults,

    Living Values Parent Groups: A Facilitator Guide and LVEP Educator Training

    Guide. There are also educator resource books for children in difficult

    circumstances/street children, young people in need of drug rehabilitation, children

    affected by war, at-risk youth and young offenders. The approach and lesson content

    are experiential, participatory and flexible, allowing and encouraging the materials

    to be adapted and supplemented according to varying cultural, social and other

    circumstances. The approach and materials may also be used systematically in

    alignment with the above principles as the Living Values Education Program (LVEP).

    3. Consultation to government bodies, organizations, schools, teachers and parents

    on the creation of values-based learning environments and the teaching of values.


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4. An extensive multi-lingual website ( with materials available

    for downloading free of charge.

Extent of Use

     The Living Values Education approach and materials are currently being used and producing positive results in more than 60 countries at thousands of sites. While most such settings are schools, others are day-care centers, youth clubs, parent associations, centers for children in difficult circumstances, drug rehab facilities, health centers and refugee camps. The number of students doing LVE at each site varies considerably; some involve 10 students with one teacher while others involve 3,000 students. At least some LVE materials are available in about 30 languages. The approach is non-prescriptive and allows materials and strategies to be introduced according to the circumstances and interests of the users and the needs of students.

    LVE Resource Materials

     Living Values Education Program is a comprehensive values education program. This innovative global program offers training, a practical methodology and a wide variety of experiential values activities to educators, facilitators, parents and caregivers to help them provide the opportunity for children and young adults to explore and develop universal values. Educators are asked to think about their values, use their creativity to see how they can incorporate values into their curriculum in a practical way, and create a values-based atmosphere. The resource materials include Living Values Activities for peace, respect, love, cooperation, happiness, honesty, humility, responsibility, simplicity, tolerance, freedom and unity.

     Designed to address the whole child/person, Living Values Activities build intrapersonal and interpersonal social and emotional skills and values-based perspectives and behaviors. Students are engaged in reflection, visualization, and artistic expression to draw out their ideas; cognitive and emotional skills grow as they are engaged in analyzing events and creating solutions. The approach is child-centered, flexible and interactive; adults act as facilitators. During LVE training, educators are asked to create a values-based atmosphere


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    in which all students can feel respected, valued, understood, loved and safe. Part of LVE educator excellence is viewed as modeling the values, respecting student opinions, and empowering young people to enjoy learning and implement values projects.

Purpose and Aims

     LVE‘s purpose is to provide guiding principles and tools for the development of the whole person, recognizing that the individual is comprised of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. The aims are:

    ; To help individuals think about and reflect on different values and the practical

    implications of expressing them in relation to themselves, others, the community, and

    the world at large;

    ; To deepen understanding, motivation, and responsibility with regard to making positive

    personal and social choices;

    ; To inspire individuals to choose their own personal, social, moral, and spiritual values

    and be aware of practical methods for developing and deepening them; and ; To encourage educators and caregivers to look at education as providing students with

    a philosophy of living, thereby facilitating their overall growth, development, and

    choices so they may integrate themselves into the community with respect, confidence,

    and purpose.

Resource Materials The Living Values Series

     The initial materials developed for LVE, the Educators’ Kit, began to be piloted in

    March of 1997. Brazilian educators involved with LVE developed more materials, and the Manual para Educadores II, containing Living Values Activities in Spanish, was printed with the cooperation of the National Committee for UNICEF in Spain in 1998.

     As more materials were requested and educators around the globe contributed ideas and activities, ALIVE‘s Living Values Series came into being. This set of five books was

    published by Health Communications, Inc., in April of 2001. The series was awarded the 2002 Teachers‘ Choice Award, an award sponsored by Learning magazine, a national


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