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"Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link between Masculinity and Violence". Miedzian, Myriam. Doubleday, 1991. This book provides statistically backed research explaining why 90%+ of our prisons are filled with men, why poor male youth are most likely to be causes or victims of violence, the links between men and war, sports and violence, TV and violence, and generally how our culture currently promotes violence in males. Rating - 5 star

Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing, by Michele Borba, Ed.D.  The complete plan for raising good kids from 3 - 15.  Borba's approach is a daily dose of seven virtues, the prerequisites of modern citizenship - empathy (the most important), conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance and fairness.  Publisher San Francisco: Jossey-Bass; 2001; CDN $36.50; includes book club discussion guide and extensive resource list of videos and books.  Visit Borba's web site at

The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker.  Through dozens of compelling examples from his own career, security expert Gavin deBecker teaches readers how to read the signs of impending danger by using their most basic--but often most discouraged--survival skill: intuition. This book provides a unique combination of practical guidance on leading a safer life and profound insight into human behavior.  ISBN: 0440226198; Published: January 1998 | Published by Dell Distributing ; to order

Leadership for the Human Family:
Reflective Human Action for a Culture of Peace - by Sue McGregor, PhD, Kappa Omicron Nu Research Fellow,  Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  The prime objective of the family and consumer sciences profession is enhancing the well- being of individuals and families. The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) mission statement sets out the core values of the Association, including diversity, equality and human rights, global and community perspective, and a healthy environment that positively affects the human condition (Chadwick, 1999). There are those who believe that peace education should figure into human relations and family life courses (Reardon 1995; Ulstrup, Cumming & Ebert, 1997). Put another way, peace education touches the whole curriculum (Thomas, 1997). Family and consumer sciences is part of the curriculum; hence, peace education should be part of higher education for family and consumer scientists. This Kappa Omicron Nu project will provide a rationale for bringing peace education, and all it encompasses, within the realm of family and consumer sciences professional socialization. The objective is to position the family and consumer sciences profession in the peace movement so that peace scholars and advocates will turn to the family and consumer science profession as a partner in securing family well-being through peace. One of the basic premises of this project is that our profession could expand its concern for the family to include the human family. Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is evolving at a time when globalization is shaping the world. This project is based on the reality that globalization has serious side effects that affect peace, civility, human rights, justice, equality, and security, all universal values of the profession (Bubolz & Sontag, 1988). I am assuming that practitioners will benefit from being socialized to appreciate and respect the insights gained from the broad field of peace education while attending FCS pre-professional university programs, at professional in-service sessions, or both. The resultant leadership of family and consumer science practitioners could change profoundly. Reflective Human Action (RHA) theory applied to leadership will facilitate the development of this project. RHA is a theory that helps us see leadership as intellectually and morally defensible. What could be more appropriate to understand the links between peace and the human family than a moral approach to leading? RHA leadership is action on behalf of the well-being of the earth and its inhabitants (Andrews, Mitstifer, Rehm, & Vaughn, 1995). This well-being is compromised daily by conflict and violence, human rights violations, and a decline in civil society. This project will strive to explain how FCS pre-service and in-service professional socialization can be augmented with a peace perspective such that practitioners are socialized to see themselves as global citizens prepared to shape the future of humanity via RHA leadership strategies.  To read the article, visit  ; For more information, email Sue McGregor

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane), by Gavin De Becker (author of The Gift of Fear).  Safety skills for children outside the home; warning signs of sexual abuse; how to screen baby-sitters and choose schools; strategies for keeping teenagers safe from violence.  A brilliant lesson in prevention.  A must for all parents raising children in an increasingly violent society.  Everyone in contact with children should read this important book - it can help save lives.  All parents face the same challenges when it comes to their children's safety: whom to trust, whom to distrust, what to believe, what to doubt, what to fear, and what not to fear.  In this empowering b ook, Gavin de Becker, the nations's leading expert on predicting violent behavior offers practical new steps to enhance children's safety at every age level, giving you the tools you need to allow your kids freedom without losing sleep yourself.  ISBN 0-440-50900-9; US $11.95; 1999; published by Dell Publishing. To order:


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