Peace Education Bibliography, Quotes & Memes

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"Let`s work on our inner capacity to build peace by transforming violence to non-violence, building community, cooperating in common well-being, communicating assertively and respecting each other ideas and thoughts. Doing that in your daily life you will be a model of building peace, a teacher of peace through your actions by promoting Human Rights, by trusting and caring yourself and others around you"

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“The participative component of the peace learning process is also a practice of freedom itself, and a praxis where reflection and action occur.”

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"Peace education alone will not achieve the changes necessary for peace: it prepares learners to achieve change."

Author(s): Augusto Boal

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“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.”

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Critical peace education (CPE) seeks to disrupt asymmetrical power relationships and unpack their political, economic, social and historical roots.

Author(s): bell hooks

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“We were simply trying to change the way we went about our everyday lives so that our values and habits of being would reflect our commitment to freedom.”

Author(s): bell hooks

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The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.

Author(s): bell hooks

To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.

Author(s): bell hooks

I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer...education as the practice of freedom.... education that connects the will to know with the will to become. Learning is a place where paradise can be created.

Author(s): bell hooks

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My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them. Educating is a vocation rooted in hopefulness. As teachers we believe that learning is possible, that nothing can keep an open mind from seeking after knowledge and finding a way to know.

Author(s): bell hooks

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All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions-and society-so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.

Author(s): bell hooks

To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.

Author(s): bell hooks

For people like me, what is important and vital is to keep that education for critical consciousness around intersectionalities, so that people are able to not focus on one thing and blame one group, but be able to look holistically at the way intersectionality informs all of us: whiteness, gender, sexual preferences, etc. Only then can we have a realistic handle on the political and cultural world we live within.

Author(s): Betty Reardon

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“Most... agree that there is no neutral education. Education is a social enterprise conducted for the realization of social values. The question is what values are to be realized through education, and how.”

Author(s): Betty Reardon

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"The general purpose of peace education, as I understand it, is to promote the development of an authentic planetary consciousness that will enable us to function as global citizens and to transform the present human condition by changing the social structures and the patterns of thought that have created it. This transformational imperative must, in my view, be at the center of peace education."

Author(s): Betty Reardon

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“Thinking about how the world might be and envisioning a society characterized by justice are the essence of conceptualizing the conditions that comprise positive peace. If we are to educate for peace, both teachers and students need to have some notion of the transformed world we are educating for.”

Author(s): Betty Reardon

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"We must change ourselves and our immediate realities and relationships if we are to change our social structures and our patterns of thought… We cannot achieve change unless can we think it.”

Author(s): Betty Reardon

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“The ultimate goal of peace education is the formation of responsible, committed, and caring citizens who have integrated the values into everyday life and acquired the skills to advocate for them."

Author(s): Betty Reardon

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"If we advocate the equal value and dignity of all persons, we need also accept their shortcomings as well as their gifts and talents, and understand that all (even ourselves) are capable of changing. The question is whether we will be motivated to do so. My own belief is that this motivation is primarily a task for education, particularly peace education."

Author(s): Betty Reardon

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"What more comprehensive definition of peace education could we offer than learning to learn about, and functioning in and with complexity, so as to enhance the richness and diversity of life?"

Author(s): Cécile Barbeito

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"Recognizing the positive aspects of conflict imply a profound change of perspective: it involves appreciating differences, enjoying controversies, and embracing complexity."

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"The underlying emphasis in peace education is on understanding violence, and exploring alternatives to violence. It is vital to remember that violence is not restricted to physical harm but also includes psychological harm, emotional abuse, discrimination, exclusion, denial of opportunities, exploitation, criminalization of identities, etc. Violence is part of our everyday reality."

Author(s): Colman McCarthy

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“Unless we teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence.”

Author(s): Daisaku Ikeda

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"Education must cultivate the wisdom to reject and resist violence in all its forms. It must foster people who intuitively understand and know--in their minds, in their hearts, with their entire being--the irreplaceable value of human beings and the natural world. I believe such education embodies the timeless struggle of human civilization to create an unerring path to peace."

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“Peace education is premised upon the cosmopolitan belief that the moral community includes all human beings, that all human beings have moral standing, and thus war and peace, justice and injustice, are global moral considerations.”

Author(s): David Hicks

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“A futures perspective is crucial to effective teaching and learning in peace education. By enabling learners to think more critically and creatively about the forces that create probable and preferable futures, they are able to engage in more purposeful and focused action for change.”

Author(s): Deborah Meier

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"Teaching is mostly listening, and learning is mostly telling."

Author(s): Derek Lough

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"Social justice education seeks to make aware those living on both sides of an oppressive model the exactness of their situation through deep listening to the lived experiences of 'others' and critical self-reflection, then encourages a change of actions henceforth from oppressive to anti-oppressive."

Author(s): Douglas Allen

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“The greatest strength of Gandhi’s peace education: preventative measures for the gradual long-term changes necessary for identifying and transforming the root causes and causal determinants that keep us trapped in escalating cycles of violence.”

Author(s): Elise Boulding

People have to be encouraged to image, taught to exercise a capacity that they indeed have but are unaccustomed to using in a disciplined way. The obstacles to imaging lie partly in our social institutions, including schools, which discourage imaging because it leads to visualizing alternatives which challenge existing social arrangements.

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