2009 -- H 6230

Enacted 05/28/09



H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Representatives Kilmartin, Watson, Fox, Ruggiero, and DaSilva

     Date Introduced: May 28, 2009




     WHEREAS, Across the country, violence has become a prevalent problem in our high

schools, middle schools and elementary schools, but effective conflict resolution training has

been shown to produce positive results and long-term benefits; and

     WHEREAS, Studies have shown that violence stems from a lack of education, ignorance,

and a lack of the tools needed to resolve conflicts and differences in a peaceful manner; and

     WHEREAS, Education can provide the tools to establish dialogue and create a culture of

acceptance, and recent studies have shown that early education and intervention is the best means

to bring about peace in our communities; and

     WHEREAS, Many of the social skills that enable successful teamwork, including

listening attentively, communicating, understanding, generating integrative solutions and

reaching mutual agreement on the best course of action are the same skills that underlie

constructive conflict resolution; and

     WHEREAS, Studies have also shown that the impact of introducing and integrating

programs that teach students conflict resolution skills and peace making programs into the

curricula and across age levels and educational settings, consistently show multiple benefits for

constructive conflict resolution as well as academic learning; and

     WHEREAS, Effective conflict resolution is associated with overall social competence in

adolescence through the component skills of problem solving, decision making, communication

and coping; and

     WHEREAS, Early education about peaceful conflict resolution and the diversity of

different cultures leads to open dialogue, and understanding and acceptance of different cultures

and peoples; and

     WHEREAS, Intolerance and hostility in society not only causes great individual pain, but

also breaks down families and communities; and

     WHEREAS, Education is the best mechanism to start the peace process and to reduce

violence in our schools and our communities, and it is a crucial step in creating a culture of

tolerance; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the month of May, 2009 to be “Peace Month”; and be it


     RESOLVED, That this House encourages the Rhode Island Department of Education to

work with local school districts to devise and implement peace and conflict resolution education

policies that: (a) include a mission statement emphasizing that violence is unacceptable and will

not be tolerated; (b) establish procedures, guidelines and discipline procedures to respond to

incidents taking place at school or on school grounds; (c) welcomes all Rhode Islanders and

encourages them to explore grassroots efforts that further peace within their communities; and (d)

encourages participants to examine impediments to peace in their communities and develop

proposals for Pathways to Peace initiatives; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That this House urges all school districts to incorporate peace and non-

violence education into history and/or social studies education curriculums from elementary

through high school; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island Commissioner for Elementary

and Secondary Education.