Betty Reardon & The Ikeda Center: An Experiment in Alternative Thinking about Global Issues

Over the course of the spring/summer of 2017, the Ikeda Center worked with feminist peace educator and civil society activist Betty Reardon to plan a two-part seminar series for Boston-area university students. With Daisaku Ikeda’s annual peace proposals as a guide, students will consider creative modes of responding to and ameliorating difficult global challenges, centering on the abolition of nuclear weapons. This essay is adapted from the seminar purpose statement and learning objectives so that readers can also engage with seminar themes and begin to shape their own creative responses to pressing problems confronting our world. 

(Photo: Gili Getz)

Outrage – and resources for teachers – after the Trump administration ends DACA

The Trump administration is rescinding DACA, an Obama-era program that allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth to live in the United States without the constant threat of deportation. Grace Cornell Gonzales, a former elementary school teacher who is an editor of Rethinking Bilingual Education, wrote that “the future of DACA and our undocumented students is the future of our country.
As educators, we owe it to these young people to do everything in our power to fight for them — and against this xenophobic administration that is playing with their lives for its own political gain.”

History Education and Conflict Transformation

This volume discusses the effects, models and implications of history teaching in relation to conflict transformation and reconciliation from a social-psychological perspective. It provides an in-depth exploration of the role of historical narratives, history teaching, history textbooks and the work of civil society organizations in post-conflict societies undergoing reconciliation processes.

Sustainable Just Peace:  Jeffery Sachs’s “The Age of Sustainable Development”

Jeffery Sachs’s theory of sustainable development, as articulated in his remarkably perceptive, original, and inspirational book, The Age of Sustainable Development (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015), offers a comprehensive analytic and normative framework for an expanded conception of peace, human rights and global justice, and peace education.

Legal Limits on Presidential Power to Launch Nuclear Strike

The Global Campaign for Peace Education, concerned about the current nuclear crisis and the continued neglect of the possibilities of law to reduce the frequency and severity of international violence, is undertaking to offer ideas and proposals that inspire consideration of such possibilities. We begin the offerings with observations on executive power to initiate a nuclear strike by a distinguished international lawyer and peace activist, Peter Weiss.

Schools of Peace as Safe Environments: A Peace Education Project in San Vicente Del Caguán, Colombia

The project, operated by Fundación Escuelas de Paz, was Developed in San Vicente del Caguán, former FARC territory, as an alliance between the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, Caqueta’s Department of Education, USAID, the International Organization for Migration and UNICEF.

In refugee camps, education is a priority for many parents. Here, children explain they can safely attend school every day. (Photo: https://flic.kr/p/RdXHqb)

Iraq’s Crisis in Education: Dismantling the Roots of Extremism

It is important to closely examine how the Iraqi government is rebuilding a conflict-sensitive educational system that will hopefully devote itself to both the mental health and the intellectual development of young Iraqi children. With this in mind, a peace education program seems like a viable solution for Iraqi children.