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Crandon superintendent presents on forgiveness at Jerusalem conference; district will teach topic in fallSubmitted: 08/22/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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Crandon superintendent presents on forgiveness at Jerusalem conference; district will teach topic in fall
CRANDON - Every school in Wisconsin teaches its students the basic academic subjects--math, science, and reading. Few schools set aside forgiveness as a special area of study.

High schoolers in Crandon will get a weekly class on forgiveness this year.

This summer, Superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder spoke at an international conference on forgiveness in Jerusalem.


"It was humbling. It was really, really humbling. I'm just a wannabe cowboy from my youth," Kryder said with a laugh. "Somehow, I end up being fortunate and blessed to work here in Crandon, which I am."

Kryder wrote his doctoral dissertation on the subject.

"We know that forgiveness can help people with their mental health issues and can help them with their physical needs and to be a person that can help create a better environment," Kryder said. "Why would we not teach forgiveness to people?"

Few schools in Wisconsin have forgiveness education as part of their academic curriculum.

"Yeah, I get 'Intriguing' a lot," Kryder said. "'Hey, you're doing forgiveness. Wow, that's intriguing. That's wild.'"

Kryder joined Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders at the conference in Jerusalem. It also included educators from across the world.

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