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Nobody Left to Hate: Teaching Compassion After Columbine Hardcover – April 1, 2000
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"What a great idea to apply social psychology to the schools of today...Aronson's knowledge of social psychology, his research, and experience on cooperative learning in schools, and his rhetorical gifts make him the perfect person to write this book." -- Dave Myers, Professor of Psychology, Hope College, and author of the textbook Psychology
"Wonderfully written. Lucid, energetic, and engaging. The topic is of huge interest and importance... [Aronson's] optimism and empathy come through loud and clear." -- Susan Engel, Director of Program in Teaching, Williams College, and author of The Stories Children Tell
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"Americans are too ready to blame individuals for social problems like youth violence. Elliot Aronson brings to bear the power of social psychology to help us understand why a negative school environment can push vulnerable kids over the edge and how restructuring that environment can bring them back into the fold. At a time when many people in public life are offering quick fixes and punitive strategies based upon faulty analyses of the problem, Aronson offers a road map for changing the social environment of the school from competition and nastiness to cooperation and acceptance. Bravo!"
-- James Garbarino, PhD, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them and Professor of Human Development at Cornell University
"Dr. Aronson has written an important book. It has the potential to change how the public, and policy makers in particular, think about the Littleton tragedy and how to make our schools safe havens where the joy of learning is the focus--not the fear of violence. There is no question that Aronson is in a position to be an authoritative voice as the leading social psychologist of our era--a scientist with an extraordinary record of accomplishment and a communicator par excellence."
-- Len Saxe, Ph.D., Professor of Social Welfare, Brandeis University
"Aronson's brilliant social psychological analysis of the Columbine High School massacre offers us the mind to understand this mindless violence and the heart that could prevent it from erupting again. . . . Nobody Left to Hate offers a root cause solution based on decades of scientific psychological research and wise theory by the author and his colleagues--change the structure and values of our nation's classrooms to make them more equivalent to an ideal home atmosphere."
-- Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
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Aronson delineates peripheral and root solutions to bullying, obviously the peripheral fixes are based on expediency (how fast, not how well). As a "real" solution he suggests his prior work implementing a "jigsaw" style class-room (think: the movie where everyone has to work together or they're all f**ked in the end - because that's the exact scenario) which is more throughly spoken of in other work.
Whether or not this is the "real" solution to the issues faced by the "out-crowd" in our school systems is debatable, but there are instances where it has certainly seemed the most prudent path.
A very good start to anything you care to read about bullying in our educational system.
While this book is good for people looking for a quick and simple exploration of what those involved in the system can actually *do* to help make the school system a better place, the social psychology theory surrounding the ideas is explored to better fruition in his books 'The Social Animal' and 'Age of Propaganda'. Of course, those books are both more expensive and considerably longer than this slim, small volume. But if the ideas presented here spark your interest, I can highly suggest the other two books, and 'The Social Animal' in particular fleshes out the social psych theories that underlie 'Nobody Left To Hate'