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Sandy Hook: One Year Later

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. If you remember, it was one of the deadliest school shootings in the history of America, second only to Virginia Tech. Most of the innocent people who died that day were little kids, babies whose lives had just begun. Our nation mourned and our President Barack Obama shed tears as he addressed Newtown and the nation in the wake of this tragedy.

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.
But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.”
β€”President Barack Obama

Fast forward to a year later. Are our schools any safer now than they were a year ago? Just yesterday, I heard of yet another school shooting, this time in Centennial, Colorado. What is wrong with these kids that they would commit such a crime? Why are school shootings becoming commonplace nowadays? Why are our efforts as a nation not working?

Many times when there is a mass shooting, people tend to think that the answer lies in passing more laws concerning guns. That if ‘bad’ people didn’t have access to guns, there wouldn’t be these mass killings. But I have to ask, is it the gun that chose to go and kill innocent people on it’s own? Or is the it the person who chose to use that gun to bring harm to another human being?

The truth is, gun control is not the answer. Self-control is the answer. Self-control enables us to actually pause and consider before we make that wrong choice. To think, “Will this choice I am about to make bring harm to myself, others, anyone’s possessions, or the environment? What will be the end result of me making this choice? Is there a better choice I could make instead?” And then to proceed with the right choice – one that won’t cause harm.

These concepts are only found in the Peaceful Solution Character Education Program. It actually changes the heart and mind of a person, by teaching them how to accentuate their positive character traits and eliminate the negative ones. This is how to stop school shootings before they start – to educate our kids in the right way to solve problems and even how to prevent these problems from coming about in the first place. This is the answer our nation is groping for.
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The Importance of Character Education

Today I would like to introduce you to my weekly feature on the Peaceful Solution Character Education Program. It may seem like a small thing, but positive character is the single most important thing a person can learn. So what exactly is character? Character is our very foundation; it’s the basis on which our every decision is formed.

Character vs. Personality

It’s important that we recognize the difference between personality and character, because they can be easily confused. Character is made up of our belief system, morals, ethics; it dictates how we treat others, ourselves, and our environment. Whereas personality is the way we present ourselves to others, what we like and dislike, and our social skills.

So why is character education so important?

We as a society value teaching our kids things such as reading, writing, and arithmetic; history; science; but do we put just as much value on teaching them respect for others? Do we teach our kids how to stand up for what is right when faced with negative peer pressure? Do we teach them how to actually prevent themselves from becoming a statistic?

Why is the rate of school shootings, teenage pregnancy, STD’s, domestic violence, and all forms of disrespect skyrocketing? Why is each generation facing more challenges than the generation that came before? Why do we live in a world where the terrifying possibility of a nuclear war is a reality that we must live with everyday? Is there any hope for our kids and the generations to come?

The truth is, there is hope.

And it lies in education. Education is the only answer. We have to start by educating ourselves and our kids in the ways of peace. It starts with teaching positive character to our children, our next generation of leaders, as well as the rest of us. It’s never too late to improve; to change one’s life for the better. Yes, we can actually improve our quality of life by learning peace ourselves.

How does it work?

I can tell you from experience because this program has changed my life. I have actually been taught how to make choices that will cause me no regret in the future. How to stop, think, and consider my options, and then proceed with the right choiceΒ  – one that wont cause harm to myself, others, or the environment. I have seen the effects of this program in my own life and the positive changes that followed have brought me so much hope, because I can see that this is truly the only solution to stop all wars; not only wars between nations but even down to the wars in our own minds.

I have also seen the effects this program has had on the lives of others. I have seen what this program has done to change the life of someone who was a hardened criminal, considered incorrigible, everyone had lost all hope in him; and this program has changed his life to where now he is a teacher of peace, living a very fulfilling life as a free, law-abiding citizen and teaching others how to do the same.

This program produces real results, in young and old alike. It produces the kind of results in people that society desires to see. The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program truly has the answer to solve your problem and to get peace in your life.

So please, join me each week as we explore this journey to peace!