Many teachers attend our trainings, and take what they have learned back to their schools and programs, to be used in and out of the classroom. In the instances where Compassionate Listening has been taught to the students, the results are astounding.
This is part 1 of a 14-minute video made by the students at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in Louisville, KY, where Compassionate Listening is being taught.
Award-winning seventh grade science teacher Fred Whittaker created the “Familiae Pacis” program at St. Francis, based on the Five Practices of Compassionate Listening. In this peace education program, students are given opportunities to express themselves as people of action as they develop, manage, and engage in local and global service projects.
In 2008, students from Familiae Pacis successfully petitioned the Kentucky State Legislature to make genocide education mandatory for all Kentucky students. Eighth grader Christine Haley said, regarding the petition: “I chose to speak about the Holocaust studies – not just a study of facts and dates, which are important – but I mainly focused on the lessons of tolerance, compassion and understanding that we all got from it. We learned that if we don’t teach the mistakes of our past, our generation and generations to come are doomed to repeat them.”
In addition, these students formed a Committee on Conscience to raise funds to create awareness and offer support for causes such as Darfur refugees and Hope Flowers School in Palestine. St. Francis is now well known for its peace education program, and has even hosted a Peace Summit to urge all students to work for peace.
To see the Familiae Pacis curriculum, please click here.
For more information about Familiae Pacis, please contact the founder, Fred Whittaker.