Why Leaders Should Encourage Conflict Part III

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Disagreement is viewed in our society in different ways: a contest, a battle, a power struggle, or a precursor to aggression. •For kids it’s often viewed as a prelude to ostracism, a threat to the most significant developmental task as a teenager: establishing a unique identity for their sense of belonging. As adults it's our job to help students learn the value of differences, as a way of learning about others and ourselves.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the limitations of agreeing and disagreeing when negotiating differences.
  2. Differentiate between debate and dialogue.
  3. Appreciate the limitations of conflict resolution and the value of constructive differencing.

About the Author

Jared Scherz, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACS

Jared Scherz, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACS

Dr. Scherz is a clinical psychologist, author, and educational consultant, working with educators for over twenty years. He earned his Master's in Education from Penn State University and went on to be an elementary school guidance counselor before earning his Ph.D.

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