The theme for National History Day in the United States is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” High school students contribute essays in a competition that occurs in most states, including New Jersey. (nj.nhd.org), essays that that they work on all year long.
Richard Thaler, behavioral economist, has won the Memorial Prize in Economic Science awarded by the Nobel Committee for work that makes significant contributions. To the field of Economics to be sure but beyond it. Thaler’s writing has special significance to those who work in conflict resolution because we have an interest in helping people make better decisions, not least to advance the peaceful resolution of conflict. Generating more realistic understanding of human behavior and using the results of that understanding to improve public policy is an enormously valuable contribution, one that will keep on giving.
From the New York Times, here are 7 Richard Thaler Columns That Explain How Human Behavior Affects Economics
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As with many reform efforts, some new directions are questionable; in the field of dispute resolution, we’d include the use of public courtrooms and public judges for private proceedings:
Children find themselves in precarious situations that often lead to escalated conflict with their peers. Conflicts arise in the classroom, lunchroom, library, school bus, playground, while standing in line, and any place where kids gather. During adolescence into the developing stages of puberty, many children act out their emotions in the form of teasing, gossip, and physical aggression. If left unchecked, these same behavioral patterns will transfer over into the teenage years, where stiffer competition exists among peer groups. The inability to resolve conflict without resorting violence is symptomatic of youth’s inability to handle confrontation. Teaching youth how to resolve conflict in a peaceful way can help reduce incidents of violence and criminal mischief. Conflict resolution education aims to make that a reality. Read More
More universities are developing conflict resolution studies as global violence prompts increasing interest in the causes of conflict and the means to reach sustainable peace. For more information, see: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/14/america/redpeace.php