Why is it important to use stories when working with primary school children on the theme of forgiveness?

The use of stories helps young students see how story characters work though conflict without putting any pressure on the students to start forgiving others.  After all, forgiveness education is not forgiveness therapy and so class instruction in schools needs to start with understanding what forgiveness is, what it is not, how people go about it, and what happens when people forgive.  If students are then drawn to the beauty of forgiveness, it is their choice to do so in the classroom and on the playground when other students behave unfairly.

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