Educating Youth for a World beyond Violence: A Pedagogy for Peace

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In a time of unprecedented social and economic crisis, this book represents a challenge to the orthodoxy that shapes our vision of educational purpose. It argues that now, more than ever, there is a moral imperative for educators to assume responsibility for helping to bring about a culture of peace and non-violence in both our nation and throughout the world as a whole. Shapiro has situated his vision of education in a broader quest for social and moral change. His framework is one rooted in the critical ...

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Overview

In a time of unprecedented social and economic crisis, this book represents a challenge to the orthodoxy that shapes our vision of educational purpose. It argues that now, more than ever, there is a moral imperative for educators to assume responsibility for helping to bring about a culture of peace and non-violence in both our nation and throughout the world as a whole. Shapiro has situated his vision of education in a broader quest for social and moral change. His framework is one rooted in the critical pedagogic tradition which sees education's primary purpose as nurturing democratic values, civic involvement, and a commitment to a more just and compassionate culture.

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“Few authors address the moral and spiritual dimensions of education as insightfully and accessibly as Dr. Shapiro. Far from an abstract philosophical treatise, this is a very concrete and provocative work of social/cultural criticism. An important book that I hope many people will read and consider deeply.”—Sue Brooks, Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education, SUNY, New Paltz

“While he acknowledges that it will take more than schools to change our current systems of thought and action, Dr. Shapiro also acknowledges that schools offer us the opportunity to show our children a different way to be – a way to peace. While his vision is idealistic, his analysis is firmly planted in the inequities of today. He describes the suffering in the world with explicit candor, yet his critique never loses the humanity of the actors in our social conflicts and thus, the possibility for real transformation. His language invites us in and speaks to the most noble, humane, and compassionate sides of ourselves. By the end, we want to transform the education system because it seems like the most just thing to do. This book could not be more significant as it addresses the despair in the world today and gives us a sensible path for hope, a path that we can realize if we trust our better impulses.”—Daniel Chapman, Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies, Georgia Southern University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230109339
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: Education, Politics and Public Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Svi Shapiro is Professor of Education and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is presently director of the PH.D. program in Educational and Cultural Studies. His most recent books include Losing Heart: the Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America’s Children (2005) and the edited volume, Education and Hope in Troubled Times (2009). He is also a frequent contributor to Tikkun Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 Giving Peace a Chance 1

2 Truth and Violence 25

3 Undoing the Narrative of Competition 49

4 Justice Then Peace 75

5 The Violence of Invisibility 103

6 Violence and the Crisis of Meaning 129

7 Critical Citizenship 153

8 A Pedagogy of Peace 179

Appendix: Peace Organizations 207

Notes 219

Index 227

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    A book that gets to the heart of what is missing in education

    This is a must-read for anyone who believes that schools can do much more to educate children about social injustice, teaching tolerance and peace education, and other emotional intelligence elements that are important if we want to begin changing attitudes and perceptions, which will eventually lead to changed behavior. The author excels at explaining ideas and concepts in a new light--a real eye-opener. The book provides great suggestions on how schools can teach these important ideas in ways that students will truly learn about our world's problems, and how they can play a role in making lasting changes.

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