Changing Curriculum through Stories
Character Education for Ages 10-12
By (author) Marc Levitt
Publication date:30 May 2017
Length of book:132 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
Changing Curriculum Through Stories: Character Education for Ages 10-12 is a book about transforming school culture from one that supports a culture of competition to one where an understanding of how we are 'All In it Together’ permeates what is studied and how. Whether the issue is ‘going along to get along’, ‘shunning an outsider’, 'bullying', ‘learning to share', 'anger management' or 'forgiveness', Changing Curriculum Through Stories: Character Education for Ages 10-12 makes clear how an individual's behavioral choices, seemingly without consequences, ultimately effect everyone, including themselves. Using original and folkloric stories as jumping off points for discussions, Marc Levitt’s new book provides a holistic antidote to 'shallow selfishness', substituting instead, a curriculum and a pedagogy that provides the intellectual and visceral tools to help students understand and to act based on an awareness of their connections to one another, the value of community and the joy of living amidst diversity of all kinds.
Through a series of evocative stories and gentle wisdom, Marc Levitt provides a valuable introduction to the ancient human arts of ethical living, sharing and social cooperation. We learn about useful ways to deal with bullies, group conflict and simple disagreements while fostering better ways to collaborate and bring out the best in each other. Kudos to Levitt for helping teachers and children learn to rediscover the commons and commoning in modern life!