Peace and Education Conference

Notes for Thursday Nov. 21st, 2003 .

  (prepared by Alanna Peters with thanks)

Modeling Education in a Culture of Peace

   

Montessori

The Prepared Environment

-Cooperation, Respect, Independence , freedom with responsibility equals the Prepared Adult.

Montessori Peace Concepts:

-Peace Compared to as a castle (treasures, bridges, human construction, art….)

-Peace is not the absence of War.  Avoiding a War is the work of Politicians. Building Peace is the work of Educators.

-Peace as the battle, battle of generations, War between adults and children.

-Education is the arm and armament for Peace.

-Peace has to be a part of everyday living.

-Act Peace not teach about it.

 

Montessori Education:

-Mind, body and Holistic connection.

-The need to be involved, to work together and to know how to share ideas.

-As adults we need to respect children’s intelligence, no matter what age they are.

-Teach history by fundamental human needs, not by Wars.

-Positive ways of emphasizing interdependence of children.

-Emphasize the idea of taking care of oneself.  If one can care for themselves then they know how to care for someone else.

-Classes are always multi-age groupings, emphasis on caring for the environment, never imposing ones will on children.

-Do not lecture about respect, allow it to occur, encourage freedom of choice.

 

International Baccalaureate (IBO)

www.ibo.org

-Non-profit Education Organization.

-Worldwide school system

-For the development of Academic, physical and social aspects of students

-Common curriculum for students who move internationally.

-Emphasis on critical thinking.

-System does not mould its students but provides a mould for them.

 

Elementary School Union

4 step questioning:

www.elfo.ca

-What do we know?

-What are we interested in?

-Where de we find information?

-Share the information

 

Ecological Footprint Group and International Peace Gardens :

www.ihtec.on.ca

-Began with a team of educators in 1984.

-Holistic curriculum for a positive Global Peace Education Plan and Method.

-The need to build a curriculum free from fear and free from want (shared resources).

-Idea that consumerism is stealing the future from the children.

-In order for Peace Gardens to work there must be support from everyone, it cannot just be the initiative of one teacher.

-Need a sustainability officer at the local level that knows the issues and helps to keep the balance.

 

Peaceful School International

www.peacefulschoolsinternational.org

The organization provides the motivation, hope and resources for schools.

Principles:

-Schools involvement is voluntary.

-Non-prescriptive, schools choose programs that work best with their context)

-Lessons in living:  Encourage young people

                                            Cooperation

                                            Listening

                                            Conflict resolution

-Support and resources for teachers.

-The organization links schools with the commitment to create a culture of peace.

 

Life link: friendship schools

-Curriculum designed by surveying school children.

www.life_link.org

 

General Questions:

In determining curriculum who decided what to teach and to whom?

-Need to look at what we are learning

-Need to take a close look at present curriculum.

 

Violence Literacy Discussion:

-Most people in Western Society believe they live in a culture of peace. (Myth)

-Violence is central to moral order

-The State is a machine through which violence passes.

-The bureaucratic system of labelling and ordering is the creation of violence.

-The everyday ecology of fear in Western Society.

 

Quote:  “The world is at Peace when we are willing to role a dice and you can accept being anyone else in the world”