Disney Characters Conflict Teaches Teens Root of Conflicts

Prince Gaston and Beauty are locked in an on-going conflict about marriage. He wants her to marry him, she doesn’t want to marry him. CMS staff was using The Beauty and the Beast to teach youth in a peer mediation class about the root causes of conflict. “What do they each value?” students were asked. “She loves peace, beauty and creativity,” one student answers. “And he loves hunting, fighting, and competition.” “So, what is at the root of their conflict?” Young minds percolated. “Oh, they have different values!” And thus began the teens’ lifelong journey to becoming skillful mediators, learning how to help people communicate differences respectfully, learning to accept each other across lines of division.

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