Students are not given the answers, nor even the methods to find "correct" solutions; rather, the students as a group decide and direct the story - and their learning. This robust, personal narrative, coupled with dynamic challenges that the students overcome in their own way, firmly establishes strong motivation, involvement, and interest in the consequences of the students' actions.
Important characters or groups that the Questers must befriend are at war with each other and ask the Questers to attack the others.
Setbacks occur in the quest, and the best way to move past them is when the Questers problem-solve the causes of the setback in a calm and respectful way.
A major issue is causing calamity, and the Questers know a great solution. However, it requires them to communicate their ideas to a dubious audience in a way this is both assertive and compassionate.
A critical peace treaty rests on the ability of the Questers to listen through the provocations of a belligerent warlord without reacting or insulting him back.
[In a larp,] you identify with your character, and then you start to understand her world, and the world of others around you. This process can take you to some remarkably deep places.
Larps have all the ingredients for heightening human agency – tools for designing social dynamics, for elevating empathy and self-awareness, for living out alternative cultures. From the outside, it’s hard to appreciate the profound emotional experience it creates. Larp is not merely a therapeutic outlet for individuals. It’s a blank canvas for our systems and the cultures we inhabit.
In other words, by putting the kids into a story, they can witness and recognize bad behavior in the context of a story. This comes because it is not the kids who are "criticized" for their wrongs, but some other character in the story. This double degree of separation (i.e. narrative and 3rd person) creates an amazing "safe zone" because the teacher no longer is seen as critical of the student, and because of the safe zone, the students are more open and willing to change their behavior.