Evidence That It Works
Educators can support the development of young children’s understanding of courage by helping them identify the characteristics of courage and the strategies that can foster it. Research indicates that when young people see themselves as courageous, by identifying with characters in stories or images of heroes, they are more likely to act courageously afterwards.
Why Does It Matter?
Courage is important for every facet of young people’s lives – from bravery to take academic chances to standing up for others in the face of injustice. Research tells us that when young people feel empowered to act courageously, we see decreases in their anxiety and stress, greater academic engagement and success, and kinder and more altruistic classrooms.