As I watched the recent attack on the Charlie Hebdo publication in horror with everyone else, the role of deep historical memory, even historical trauma, was clear at a number of levels. The details of this specific attack are still unfolding, and in fact at least as I write, the attackers remain at large in an unfolding hostage situation. But the outlines of the context raise some questions, as well as possibilities for clarity and progress. …Continue
Author's note: The below is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Teaching Terror: 9/11 and Collective Memory in America's Classrooms. It will be available from Routledge early Aug.
One other important intersection between the literature on historical memory and the literature on peace education is Zembylas’s concept of critical emotional praxis (Zembylas 2008, Beckerman and Zembylas 2012). In his words, critical emotional praxis “creates openings for…Continue
“Boys will be boys”. Much has been written about this one, but times have not changed enough. Often deployed as a defense against poor male behavior, what a shame that we still hear it as a defense against harassment (as in the case of Schwarzenegger) or even alleged violent rape (as in the case of former IMF head Strauss Kahn). So it becomes clear how dangerous this one is for women. After all, if this is just the behavior driven by biology, how can we expect any more? The…
Do we live in fear of a bully free nation?
I know this may sound odd. Surely we want fewer bullies? Surely we all, as parents, educators, counselors, ministers and so on, have been working on this for a long time? It goes without saying (doesn’t it?) that fewer bullies is a good thing.
Yet when we think about the reality of backlash against peace education (called by some teaching tolerance or multicultural education), I have to ask: do we actually fear a…Continue