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
I recently had the pleasure of being at a workshop at my alma mater, George Mason. The organizers brought together a group of us focused on field-based experiential courses. I was asked to share about my own leadership of my program’s field based peace building course to Morocco. My colleagues there significantly improved my thinking especially as regards to the idea of “being transformed” by these courses, something we as faculty and students involved in field-based courses often talk…Continue
For about the past year, my team and I have been surveying and interviewing US public middle and high-school teachers nationwide about their experiences teaching 9/11. How have they approached teaching today’s students about one of the most painful, important and arguably divisive events in US history? Here’s what they had to say.
1. Most teachers (including history teachers) don’t see teaching about 9/11 as part of their curriculum. According to my survey 84% of teachers who don’t…Continue