Welcome to the Teaching for Peace Website
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
If our schools today are to produce truly global citizens, then that puts a heavy burden on educators to stimulate critical thinking about the critical issues of the day – war and peace, global conflict and inequality, issues of gender, race, class, and so on. It’s a long list. Teaching for Peace is a new web resource where we bring it all together, and provide easy-to-use, practical classroom lessons as well as comprehensive links to resources for peace education.
Canada at war in Afghanistan, there’s no time like today to get your
students involved in a dialogue about the big issues. To give you an
idea of the Teaching for Peace resources,
Check out some of our featured videos:
- Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I47Y6VHc3Ms
Springsteen's song Last to Die - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYnDXSbrHa4
- CCR's Fortunate Son - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40JmEj0_aVM
- Bob Marley's War
- Buffy Saint-Marie Universal Soldier
Canadian soldier Francisco Juarez speaks out against the war in
Afghanistan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=fr&gl=SN&v=iroLoPn-d4M
member of Afghan parlimanet, Malalai Joya, speaks about war and women's
rights - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K34S474CfKs
- Small arms and light weapons: A global humanitarian challenge - http://ploughshares.ca/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/WP6.21.pdf
Lesson highlights of Teaching for Peace
* Lessons for your classroom: 7 new teacher and student lessons on peace for secondary and intermediate students:
- #2: Comparing and
anti-war lyrics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qDkC4yJxdc
* Arts, crafts, music and video for peace education. Some of the world’s most inspiring movements for justice have been sparked by a timely protest song, poem, or slogan painted on a wall.
* Background information and additional reading for educators. We help put the lesson plans in context, with background information and further reading. It’s a complex world out there, so we help you find the most authoritative sources.
* A guide to the best of multi-media peace education resources available, including War Free TV, a site developed by Canadian youth for Canadian youth.
* Comprehensive guide to print and web resources for peace education, organized by topic.
The Teaching for Peace Website is a project of the Burnaby Teachers Social Justice Committee. The Social Justice Committee seeks to develop classroom friendly materials on social justice and environmental issues. In this project, we have linked a wide range of peace websites as resources according to theme that could be used by educators to nurture a culture of peace and social justice in the classroom. Generally, the themes concern peace as they relate to ending war and global conflict.
The web resources listed thus far provide an informative and introductory understanding for teaching peace in the classroom and we hope that the wide variety of websites chosen will promote discussion and debate in classrooms and the wider community. The peace websites chosen do not represent any single viewpoint, but rather, many possible views that will allow educators the freedom to access what they believe is appropriate for their classroom.
The Teaching for Peace Website is a work in progress. The websites included are far from inclusive and provide opportunities for teachers and students to further research peace issues and to help build this website.
We hope that you find this website useful.
Please send your new peace web links, ideas, or any questions about this website to: firstname.lastname@example.org
for this website has been generously provided by the British Columbia
Teachers' F ederation (BCTF) and with ongoing web support from the
British Columbia Teachers for Peace and Global Education Association.