Why Forgiveness Education Matters

We have forgiveness education curriculum guides for teachers, parents, and school counselors in our Store. The guides show you, step-by-step, how to implement forgiveness education for about one hour a week or less to children as young as age 4 or as old as age 17. The medium for instructing students on forgiveness is through stories. We have summaries of these stories for your examination and use as you wish.

Our research shows that as students learn about forgiveness, they become less angry and can increase in academicforgiveness_education achievement. After all, if someone is fuming internally, it is hard to pay attention to the regular school subjects.

Take a look below at what teachers in Milwaukee’s central-city are saying after teaching forgiveness for 12 to 15 weeks, about one hour a week:

Highlights of the evaluations (four-year averages) are as follows:

91% of the teachers found the forgiveness curriculum materials easy to use.

75% of the teachers observed that, as a whole, the students decreased in anger as a result of learning about forgiveness.

78% of the teachers observed that the students increased in cooperation as a result of learning about forgiveness.

71% of the teachers observed that, as a whole, the students improved in their academic achievement as a result of learning about forgiveness.

91% of the teachers thought that they became a better overall instructor as a result of teaching the forgiveness curriculum.

93% of the teachers thought that they became a better person as a result of teaching the forgiveness curriculum.

84% of the teachers thought that their classrooms as a whole began to function better as a result of the forgiveness curriculum.

76% of the teachers thought that the school as a whole began to show improvement because of the forgiveness education program.

10 thoughts on “Why Forgiveness Education Matters

  1. Marta October 5, 2013 / 9:46 am

    As a long-time teacher, I see the wisdom in this. We all have to realize that the moral virtues are being taught implicitly if not explicitly in all classrooms. For example, every time we correct a student we are asking for fairness; we are asking the studentds to exercise the virtue of justice. To teach forgiveness alongside justice is a great way to have a compassionate classroom. It will benefit all, the students and the teacher.

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  2. Samantha October 5, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    We must remember the children and nurture their psychological health. After all, this is a difficult world and it is getting tougher. Equipping the children with the protection of forgiveness is a great gift to them. Forgiveness education should be seriously considered by our educators because they hold the future in their hands.

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  3. Boise October 5, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    This is so incredible. I so wish that I had teaching on forgiveness when I was young. I was not ready for the difficulties of adult life and if I was encouraged to think about forgiveness as a child I think this would have been much better for me. I wish you the very best in spreading your teaching throughout the world.

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  4. Tesch October 5, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    I looked at the offerings in the store here. You have almost a complete set of guides going all the way back to pre-kindergarten. Your vision is to be commended. I hope teachers are willing to give it a try. They have much to gain.

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  5. Chris October 5, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    I presume that you teach children to protect themselves through examining justice and seeking justice. It would be dangerous to just teach forgiveness. The children would become desensitized to affronts and might end up excusing what they should not excuse.

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  6. Robert October 5, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    Yes, Chris, you presumed correctly. In each of the curriculum guides for teachers/parents/counselors we emphasize the issue of protecting oneself from others’ injustice. Forgiveness and justice proceed side-by-side. Yours is a great question because without this, as you say, the curriculum would be imbalanced.

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  7. Marco October 7, 2013 / 10:14 am

    Eye-opening and important. Yes this makes great sense. We need to equip the children for the battle with evil when it strikes them and it can strike early in the form of parental indifference or abandonment. Equip the children with forgiveness and they can defeat the ravages of evil when they are mature adults.

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  8. Amber October 8, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    This looks like amazing data on forgiveness research. Can you provide the research report/article for this? I am a student studying forgiveness and education and would like to read the full report and cite it if possible.

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  9. Blane October 8, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    I just read the blog post on forgiveness and trust. Don’t you think that children who have their trust damaged can recapture that trust through early forgiveness education? Congratulations on your vision for the children and the world.

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  10. Robert October 8, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    Hello, Amber. Our research and white papers on forgiveness education are available on this website. Please go to the Education and Therapy tab. Then click on the first entry (Information for SchoolPrincipals, Teachers, and Administrators). Then click on the first hot link (blue type) in the article). It will bring you to the papers which you have requested.

    Please let us know as questions arise for you.

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