News & Highlights

Don’t Say Nothing: addressing race in the classroom

Many black and brown students are educated in school systems and classrooms where they, despite making up the racial majority, are taught how to understand a world by a staff comprised of a powerful minority. When their teachers choose to remain silent about moments of racial tension or violence—violence that may well touch students’ own communities or families—these children are overtly reminded of their inferior place in society. [continue reading…]

Publications

New Book – Peace Education in a Conflict-Affected Society: An Ethnographic Journey

Peace education initiatives have been subject to heated public debate and so far the complexities involved have not been fully understood. This multilayered analysis examines how teachers negotiate ideological, pedagogical and emotional challenges in their attempts to enact a peace education policy. Focusing primarily on the case study of conflict-affected Cyprus, Michalinos Zembylas, Constadina Charalambous and Panayiota Charalambous situate the Cypriot case within wider theoretical and methodological debates in the field and explore the implications of their findings for theory and practice. [continue reading…]

Funding opportunities

Apply Now: The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Iraqi and U.S. high school students

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Iraqi and U.S. high school students, Iraqi undergraduate students, and Iraqi adult mentors is pleased to extend this fully-funded scholarship opportunity to talented and dedicated young leaders and adult educators from Iraq and the United States to apply for a summer leadership program in the United States. Be sure to apply now: application deadlines begin December 1, 2016. [continue reading…]

News & Highlights

Tips and Resources for Better Thanksgiving Conversations

The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation has developed Six Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Conversations. For many people, the Thanksgiving holiday this week and the holiday season around the corner bring the likelihood of difficult conversations and out-right fights around the dinner table. Talk of politics and other hot topics can be tricky to navigate with family and friends – especially when we don’t see eye to eye – and it seems like the loud, divisive election season might only make holiday conflicts harder to avoid this year.

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News & Highlights

Intensified education on Martial Law pushed in public, private schools (Philippines)

Philippines – An intensified education on Martial Law and its threats to democracy is being pushed on public and private schools. Ifugao lawmaker Teodoro Baguilat Jr. said this amid “growing attempts to revise history and clear the (former strongman) Ferdinand Marcos Sr. of culpability for the widespread violation of human rights during his reign of terror.” Baguilat noted that education is important in understanding important issues. “It is also through education that the people can protect themselves from history repeating itself and the painful cost of allowing absolute rule by a dictator being exacted yet again,” he said. [continue reading…]

Book reviews

Book Review: The language of peace, communicating to create harmony

“The language of peace, communicating to create harmony,” edited by Rebecca L. Oxford, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Mumbua Simon, is one in a series co-published by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice toward promoting peace education scholarship. [continue reading…]