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[23 Sep 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Living, Learning, and Teaching Peace

Stephanie Knox Cubbon
“I hope that someday we won’t even need to say ‘peace education,’ that it will simply be education – that there will be education for all, and that all education will be education for peace.”
Imagine a world in which our children go to school and learn to communicate peacefully, to embrace diversity, to promote equality and human rights, to resolve conflict creatively, to live sustainably and with compassion. We can create that world – by introducing peace education into our schools and communities.
If “war begins in the minds …

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[15 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]
Teaching Fear, Teaching Faith

Rev. Meg Riley
The Jewish New Year falls, this year, at the same time that American families of all faiths experience the new year: it is back-to-school season. Teachers are now trying to get the attention of kids to the front of the room, while parents wave happily, finally, at the backs of buses.
While the schools may be closing in on sentence structure and multiplying fractions, the ancient task of teaching our children who and what to fear and who or what to …

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[8 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
September 11th: Still a Teachable Moment?

David Potorti
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
“What could 9/11 families, and citizens around the world, have taught us about their experiences of terrorism, political violence and war? What choices could we have made, and what choices can we make today, to create peaceful tomorrows for everyone?”
Like the proverbial tree, if a teachable moment occurs and no one hears the lesson, is it still a teachable moment? If you’ve been paying attention to the controversy, real or …

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[2 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Unheard Voices in the “Ground Zero Mosque” Debate

Peace X Peace Community Members
“Respect is a two way street, not something you can just move to another location.”
It’s difficult to turn on the news or listen to the radio without hearing some reference to, or full-fledged debate about, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City. Talk-show commentators offer sound bites on religious freedom, Islam, and/or terrorism (depending on where you’re tuned in to) while street protesters shout about “hallowed ground.”
What is rarely heard amidst the uproar are nuanced responses, marked by respect, compassion …