A collection of peace education resources from the Atrium Society

(Reposted from: The Atrium Society.)

The Atrium Society’s Brave New Child Peace Museum has developed several resources addressing the vital concern of prejudicial conditioned thinking emanating from the primitive biological brain within the relevant context of the bully/victim cycle – from the playground to the battlefield.

Below, the Atrium Society has curated these books and curricula for peacebuilders interested in understanding the roots of prejudice.


Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Us? Understanding the Roots of Prejudice

The first book of its kind to explore the roots of prejudice. For young people ages 8-14 who are interested in understanding how prejudice is created, through conditioned thinking. This book offers:

  • Insights into what motivates prejudice
  • Insights to understand prejudice and its consequences
  • Ways to help young people free themselves of prejudice

This book is also for adults to help young people see how conditioning and prejudice affect us all.

Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Us? Understanding the Roots of Prejudice: A Special Curriculum to Help Young People Understand the Roots of Prejudice

When we learn to hate and fear because someone else is different then we are caught in prejudice. Whether it is the color of one’s skin, nationality, gender, sexual preference or religion it only creates pain and suffering.

A curriculum to help young people understand the roots of prejudice.

Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Us? Understanding the Roots of Prejudice: A Workbook to Help Understand the Roots of Prejudice

Companion workbook for children for the accompanying book and curricula sharing the same title, Why Is Everybody Always Picking on Us?.

Why Is Everybody Always Picking on Me? A Guide to Handling Bullies

Lively color illustrations, exciting stories, and practical tips and role-playing exercises help give children the tools to avoid being victimized.

  • Cope with the “Schoolyard Bully”!
  • Stop bullies by using the “School of No Sword”!
  • Gain the confidence to win without fighting!

This book is also for adults searching for constructive ways to help young people peacefully confront hostile aggression. Illustrated by award-winning artist, Rod Cameron.

Brave New Child: Liberating the Children of Liberia – and the World

One courageous teacher and twenty children of war are changing the world – one lesson at a time.

“Out of one of the most violent civil wars in recent history comes the inspiring and courageous story about twenty children of war and their dedicated teacher at their peace school in Buchanan, Liberia. These children were raised in war; they know nothing else. Their teacher, Marvin Davis, having had to flee Liberia because his life was in danger came back to teach the children of this war torn country about what caused the war they just had gone through.

Searching the Internet for peace educating organizations that would help him he found the Atrium Society USA. Out of this search he began a friendship with the distinguished child peace educators Terrence and Jean Webster-Doyle. Working together as a team the three of them helped establish the Common Ground Society Peace School of Liberia. They then decided that Marvin should teach the children the Atrium curricula Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Us – Understanding the Roots of Prejudice to see if this program could have any effect on the conditioned views of these children who knew nothing but war.

When you read these 20 Lessons Marvin Davis has sent back to the Webster-Doyles in the form of letters you will see what can happen if young people are taught to understand conditioned, prejudicial thinking that has time and time again lead us into war. These Lessons demonstrate that no matter how conditioned one is to violent behavior, and these children of Liberia are perhaps the most severe cases one can imagine, that they can be liberated from that habitual mindset. And if they can, so can all children who face conflict daily – from bullying on the playground to bullying on the battlefield.”

The Religious Impulse: A Quest for Innocence

Can we bring about an ethical understanding, a mind that is virtuous, innocent, untouched by conventional moralistic thinking?

Religious Impulse – A Quest for Innocence is concerned with the development of ethical and responsible behavior. This book questions the traditional religious process of becoming good, and examines how this process paradoxically cultivates irresponsible and immoral behavior through the inculcation of conventional theological beliefs.

Peace: The Enemy of Freedom – the Myth of Nonviolence

Can we bring about peace by pretending to be nonviolent?

The intent of this book is to bring about peace through understanding what prevents it.

The world is fragmented, divided and hence, in conflict. My country versus your country, my religion versus your religion, my beliefs versus your beliefs. The fragmentary way of living is destroying us! Person against person, nation against nation—the world is being torn apart by conflict. What is the root of this conflict? Through inquiring into the nature and structure of conflict, can we come into direct contact with all that which prevents peace?

Peace: The Enemy of Freedom – the Myth of Nonviolence does not offer solutions, methods, conclusions or hopes about peace. It does not advocate any political, philosophical, economic or religious reform to solve the problem of war. This book raises essential questions concerning what prevents peace and, by doing so, evokes insight into that which creates conflict, individually and globally.

Brave New Child: Education for the 21st Century

Can there be a profound learning that opens a child’s mind to view the fundamental causes of conflict?

“Education is much more than learning how to read and write; it has to do with understanding ourselves in relationship.

Perhaps the most important intention in educating young people is to provide an environment that is free from fear. Fear generates hate and violence, and therefore prevents understanding. The nature and structure of fear must be explored within this new school if young people are to be free of conflict.

In this new school, children will be encouraged to understand what intelligence is; that is, that capacity that can understand conflict in relationship. Children will need to understand that sentiment and emotionalism can be destructive…the playing of national anthems and the political frenzy generated by melodramatic displays of patriotism are forces that destroy intelligence and only contribute to more conflict.”

-from Brave New Child: Education for the 21st Century

Growing Up Sane: Understanding the Conditioned Mind

Are we driving ourselves crazy trying to be sane?

“The traditional approach to solving the problems of relationship, because it is based on trying to live according to what we think life should be, is the cause of suffering and not the cure. The action we think will free us from conflict is the very action that keep us in bondage. The act of nonviolence that is based on the ideal is itself violence.”
– from Growing Up Sane – Understanding the Conditioned Mind

Growing Up Sane – Understanding the Conditioned Mind is concerned with bringing about a sense of order and integrity in thinking and action through creating insight into what cultivates intelligent and ethical behavior.

This book looks at our relationships and the social institutions we have produced that mold behavior to see what influence these structures have had on the development of the young person. Going beyond these structures, this book examines the Myth of the Individual, delving into the roots of our disorder to look at the fundamental source of conflict—the paradoxical “knot”—within the psyche itself.

This book is not only for the parent or teacher concerned with the education of the young person, but is also for anyone seriously interested in understanding what it means to live a sane and intelligent life.

Hardwired for War: An Advanced Workbook to Help Students Understand What Creates Conflict

A Workbook To Help Students Understand What Creates Conflict

A companion workbook to the Hardwired for War curriculum to help students understand what prevents peace. 20 helpful and creative lessons.

Are We Hardwired for War? Is War in Our DNA?: A Special Curriculum for Young People to Help Them Understand Their War-Like Feelings

A Special Curriculum For Young People To Help Them Understand Their War-Like Feelings

Are We Born Hardwired for War?: A Special Mini Curriculum on the Cause of War

Are We Born Hardwired for War? Is War in our DNA? presented at International Conference of Museums of Peace in South Korea sponsored by the No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation.

Why Are We Always Picking on Each Other?: A Special Mini Curriculum to Help Young People Understand Global Conflict

On permanent display at the International Museum of Peace and Solidarity in Samarkind, Uzbekistan, the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Fighting the Invisible Enemy: Understanding the Effects of Conditioning

This book is for young people who are concerned with living peacefully. This book contains exciting, fun stories and activities to help you understand how to live a healthy, happy life.
It will show you …

– What conditioning is and how it can make you act like a Robot!
– What made a boy think he could fly like Superman!
– How war is created by the way we think!
– Creative, nonviolent alternatives to fighting!

This book is for adults too! This book can assist parents, teachers and counselors who are concerned about the psychological welfare of young people. This book gives the adult reader …

– An understanding of what the destructive influences of conditioned thinking are
– An insight into how to successfully cope with the pressures of conditioned thinking
– A comprehensive curriculum for teaching young people about conditioning

This book encourages teaching young people what conditioning is so they can:

– Comprehend its importance in their lives
– Be aware of its effect on their behavior
– Realize how it creates global conflict

This book will help you understand how conditioned thinking prevents peace!

Tug of War: Peace Through Understanding Conflict

This book is for young people who are concerned about war. This book is filled with creative stories and activities on how to resolve conflict in peaceful ways. It will teach you …

– What the roots of war are!
– How we create “The Enemy”!
– A new way to handle violence!
– How each of us is responsible for preventing peace!

This Book is for Adults Too!
This book can aid parents, teachers, and counselors in helping young people gain:

– An understanding of how conflict is created and maintained
– The skills to successfully cope with individual and global violence
– This book encourages the study of conflict resolution as an integral part of a young person’s education!

Operation Warhawks: How Young People Become Warriors

This is an important book for all young people concerned with war and peace in their lives and around the world. Operation Warhawks – How Young People Become Warriors uses activities, examples, and true stories to help you understand war and the “conditioning” that goes into making young people into “Warriors”—trained to fight and kill in the armed services.

For those young people who understand that being a warrior is not a humane and healthy way to resolve conflict, Operation Warhawks – How Young People Become Warriors is full of information about how to create a more intelligent and peaceful world. This book can help you to:

– Know how a young person can be turned into a Warrior Robot!
– Experience the Ancient Warrior within you!
– Understand the War Machine within your head!
– See how the Martial Arts can bring about peace!
– This book questions the conditioned belief that war is a heroic and honorable solution to resolving the problems of human relationship.

Operation Warhawks – How Young People Become Warriors can also help parents, teachers and counselors who are searching for healthy, nonviolent, humane ways for young people to address the problems of conflict in relationship – individually and globally. This book helps young people to:

– Peacefully resolve conflict in their own lives
– Find nonmilitary employment and education opportunities
– Understand military conditioning
– Be a conscientious objector to war

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