Peace and Education Conference

Notes for Thursday Nov. 21st, 2003 .

  (prepared by Alanna Peters with thanks)

Modeling Education in a Culture of Peace



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)

-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:

-What do we know?

-What are we interested in?

-Where de we find information?

-Share the information


Ecological Footprint Group and International Peace Gardens :

-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

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


-Schools involvement is voluntary.

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

-Lessons in living:  Encourage young people



                                            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.


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”