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
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on February 25, 2014 at 8:42pm —
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
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on September 11, 2013 at 6:00am —
Given that people from vastly different cultures naturally will have differing ideas on what “counts” as a human right, is it possible to foster enough consensus that collaboration for human rights across cultures is possible? I would argue yes, it is possible, and I would go even further. I say building this consensus around human rights in the 21st century is necessary because the realities of travel and communications technology, as well as an increasingly globalized economy,… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on August 28, 2013 at 10:47am —
I recently had the pleasure of leading a “global hybrid” course to Morocco. The curriculum was experiential, in that we traveled in country (Ifrane, Fes and Rabat) to attend classes on conflict and development in Morocco, cross cultural workshops and a series of meetings at schools, youth development organizations, human rights advocacy organizations and women’s democratic groups. Of course, we also made…
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 29, 2012 at 4:30pm —
I'll be presenting on critical peace education next week at the CIES 2012 conference, arguing that critical peace education (CPE) is vital to our efforts to achieve larger scale conflict transformation. One particular skill, collaborative problem solving, is not often described within the context of classic critical theory (Habermas 1989, Foucault 1995). Here is a key contribution of critical peace education to the project of global conflict… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on April 22, 2012 at 2:30pm —
I am currently editing a new book, Conflict Resolution and the Scholarship of Engagement (forthcoming 2012 from Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Here's a snip from the intro!
As the field of conflict analysis and resolution continues to grow, scholars and practitioners increasingly recognize that we can learn from one another. Theory must be informed by practice and practice must draw on sound theory. Above and beyond this… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 at 4:46pm —
What is Dignity? And why does it galvanize social movements?
The more I study social movements and conflict resolution, the more convinced I become that dignity is an essential basic human need; denied this, a social manifestation will almost always occur. I wrote about this extensively in Land and Dignity in Paraguay,
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on January 18, 2012 at 11:00am —
Everyone’s got a theory of why they believe the #occupytogether protests have sparked, and indeed now gone global. I don’t believe we need to over-think it: people have solid evidence that they’ve been robbed. I thought I’d bring a bit of what we can call “peace economics” theory to the conversation to keep the conversation moving forward and hopefully focused on where to head next. What’s most important is putting in place systems, values, laws and maybe even institutions (I suggested… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 at 7:51pm —
- Stop all “robo-signing” of home foreclosures immediately.
- Allow students to declare student loan bankruptcy.
- Reinstate “Glass-Steagall”, which separated consumer banking from investment banking.
- Investigation of the major investment banks who were involved in the subprime mess.
- Investigation of Fanny, Freddy and the ratings agencies like S&P who gave banks…
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 at 9:15am —
"The enemy of the black is not the white. The enemy of capitalist is not communist, the enemy of homosexual is not heterosexual, the enemy of Jew is not Arab, the enemy of youth is not the old, the enemy of hip is not redneck, the enemy of Chicano is not gringo and the enemy of women is not men. We all have the same enemy: The enemy is the tyranny of the dull mind. The enemy is every expert who practices technocratic manipulation, the enemy is every proponent of standardization and… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on October 12, 2011 at 11:48am —
“To be wholly overlooked and to know it are intolerable” ~John Adams
A clear thread is woven through the fabric of the many different, and often differently expressed, social upheavals that we have been experiencing throughout the year, and that thread is the challenge of global neoliberalism to dignity. Perhaps indeed some late 21st century Barbara Tuchman will tell the story of how 2011 was 1848 or 1937. What’s important now is that we understand how our… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on August 12, 2011 at 11:04am —
First, a disclaimer. I’m no expert on mindfulness or Zen. I’m (slowly) learning to meditate and, as a peace educator, have been considering some of the connections between inner peace and social, political (dare I even say economic?) peace. Our talk during meditation class recently was focused on “paying attention to your intentions”. Of course this is a lifelong personal journey, but does the idea have relevance for nations as well? Can a country be mindful? If so, will international politics… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on July 20, 2011 at 11:02am —
If you've taught K-12, you've been there. A new mandate to plan for. A new test to scantron. Another inservice that may or may not be led by someone who has taught K-12 in the past decade. (Those who run these teacher trainings who have not taught run the risk of getting eaten alive.)
And they want us to "teach peace" too? They want us to seriously be responsible for the moral, social development of students we see 45 minutes a day on a good week? A week without fights, assemblies,… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 at 7:30pm —
Sometimes you come across a book that really matters. I’d like to thank Chris Hedges for writing one of those books, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
. Hardly new anymore, but perhaps more timely than ever.
Hedge’s thesis here is that there is in human nature a void, a need for meaning and purpose. This need can be, and too often is, filled by what he frankly describes as the excitement and illusory heroism of war—“war usually starts with a collective euphoria”. His work,… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on May 14, 2011 at 1:37pm —
Youth development, as I’ve developed a habit of saying, is security. As we have all watched unrest, riots and protests throughout Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordon, and previously in Iran, I continue to believe this truth. Continue
Numerous analysts have noted how young “the Arab world” (we’ll set aside the fuzziness of that term for now) is. Stanford reports that 37% of Tunisia’s population is young (defined as…
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on February 2, 2011 at 4:14pm —
Perhaps one of the barriers to global citizenship education has been a
fear that one must necessarily choose between two identities—being
either a citizen of one’ s country or a citizen of the world. In light
of the increasingly nationalist and xenophobic dynamic observable in
many countries over the past decade, challenging this false choice is
urgent. Peace educators and global citizenship educators must make the
argument that one can be both a citizen of one’s… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on September 5, 2010 at 8:00pm —
During a class discussion on The Freedom Writers
with my students at the Juvenile Detention Home School one afternoon, I asked my students why they thought kids joined gangs. Time and time again, from students who had not met one another, the same answer came.
Students shared in class debate, and in the privacy of their journals, that at the most basic level, gangs are a replacement for family.
Identity needs,… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on May 14, 2010 at 11:30am —
We got another glimpse recently of what the recession can look like on the inside. Like many institutions, we have faced budget cuts and possible lay offs. Administrative leadership has, of course, been looking for any way possible to bring more money into our Detention Center. Thus staff hours have been extended from eight to twelve hours and we’ve been opening up to many more non-English speaking ICE (Immigration Control and Enforcement) kids. The reason for this is, of course, that more… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on March 28, 2010 at 8:31pm —
So much has been said about the effect of fear on a society. Murrow powerfully said, “We will not walk in fear of one another”. Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote that, “What begins in fear usually ends in folly.” We’ve recently had a few helpings added to our diet of fear in the aftermath of the failed attempt to blow up a plane headed to Detroit. (A while ago CNN had a tag line I loved: “Fight Fear with Facts”; I wish they’d bring it back.) As Roosevelt said so well, the freedom from fear is a key… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on January 11, 2010 at 1:52pm —
Can peace education help to prevent the violent loss of life, such as we all witnessed recently at Ft. Hood? I believe that it is an essential piece of the puzzle. People offer various explanations regarding why a soldier murdered fellow soldiers. Some are pointing to Maj. Hassan’s Islamic identity or possible extremist views. Others point to his impending deployment to Iraq or sense of humiliation and social isolation. Since we know that very few behaviors are motivated by just one cause, I… Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on November 14, 2009 at 1:23pm —