Education for PEACE

how to avoid wars - we all love peace,right?
@yanstill (1491)
China
May 30, 2007 12:29am CST
There are many military schools in the word,students there learn to handle weapons,such as guns,knives,or bombs,they learn how to fight,but,i am thinking,is there any school to teach students about peace?do you think it is necessary?if we did have those schools,what do you think students would learn from there? any idea?i think education for peace is more important than education for war,it is necessary for us to learn to handle conflicts,to understand different cultures between different countries.and if possible,negotiation skill is a good weapon to avoid something.what do you think?
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
30 May 07
The schools in my country are compulsory to have Moral Education for pupils from primary to middle school. In the lessons the pupils learn all the social behaviors and activities associated with codes of ethic or moral education in general. The contents of moral educations include 17 major topics. One of them which I would like to mention is how to avoid, to solve and to settle disputes peacefully. If the pupils could put what they have learnt into actual practice in daily life there will be very helpful for them to create a harmonious society. Other topics are concerning with forming of moral behaviors and other valuable items like honesty, tolerance, royalty, bravery, kind heartedness, sympathy …… Since we have such a system of education I think it’s not necessary to have a special school to learn only "peace".
@yanstill (1491)
• China
31 May 07
yes,we all have education about those when we were very young,but i am thinking is it enough?there are still crime or other things like that,is it some people's nature that they don't like peace even they were taught when they were a kid? what you said give me another suggestion,that is,we need to teach our children from they were born,and set a good example for them,school education is not enough,it's only a part. :) thank you Lkbooi,you teach me a lot of things.
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
1 Jun 07
From the history we learn that most wars were started by the leaders and not the civilians of the countries concerned. Those aggressive leaders were crazy for wealth and power and this ignited the wars consequently. Crimes are committed in the similar way. The offenders are normally those greedy and lazy culprits who are forever tempting to get rich fast and easy. Many of these offenders understand that they are sinful yet they are blinded by the greed and eventually commit crimes. More over nowadays lot of the offenders mentioned above are well educated people and understand what is moral but they fail to discipline themselves to follow the codes of ethic. The frequent committing of crimes by the white collar groups proves that moral education could hardly fight their offensive and ugly temptations. So could moral education help to gain back their conscience? I wonder.
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
3 Jun 07
yes,that's a problem,sometimes even wrong history can mislead people of a country,i see tell a people right from wrong is not enough,besides education,responsibility is more important.we need to have a strong consciousness about our behaviour.
@angelicEmu (1311)
30 May 07
Understanding, peace and tolerance - It's not too hard to achieve!
I completely agree with you yanstill. When I was younger, it was generally accepted in society that tolerance, communication, accepting peoples' differences and similarities were the only acceptable ways for individuals and countries to behave. War and fighting was something which wasn't acceptable, unless someone or another country attacked yours. Negotiation in hostile situations was always the way to deal with these things if possible. However, nowadays I'm horrified and very concerned by the way that society has changed its stance: understanding, tolerance and acceptance are seen as stupid and weakness; fear, ignorance, bigotry and violent knee-jerk reaction is being promoted by the UK government and the media in the UK too. It seems that society has lost all reason and moderation (which is always the best way) has given way to blind panic. I think that the TV and newspapers need to stop their panic-mongering and sensationalist scare-tactics, and start to be responsible and moderate. Many people are very influenced by the media in the UK, so it's their responsibility to stop playing into the hands of the extreme points of view, and to be balanced in their approach. Schools should teach tolerance and understanding, and communication skills so that children don't grow up to be bigoted and unbalanced in their view of the world and people around them. I think that such an approach should be applied by all of the teachers in subjects like history, geography, and language lessons, and in school assemblies. There should also be debating societies, so that students could learn to put forward arguments for both sides of any case, and understand opposing points of view, the good and bad in both. Thank-you for an excellent post yanstill! Let's hope it inspires people to think about their own viewpoints and those of others too.
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
31 May 07
thank you for your agreement,AngelicEmu,sometimes i found some tv shows are more about violence but nothing else,even existed in cartoons,so now many places have forbidden such kind of tvs,it indeed has a bad influence on kids who are not old enough to identify what is right and what is wrong,and you know,we can't under-estimate children's ability of imitation,if peace education is in everywhere,not only in schools,i guess it would be better.
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3 Jun 07
Absolutely - kids are learning all the time, and if something like violence is seen as acceptable on TV and they don't learn otherwise from their parents, teachers and other television programmes, they'll think it's normal and OK. I think that in countries where violence is shown as being fun on TV, rather than showing it as being bad, as it is, parents and schools need to work that much harder to counter the effects of those TV programmes.
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
16 Jun 07
yes,parents really have an important influence on their children...i think reading some books about parenting is good.thanks angelicEmu.
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@subathra (3519)
• India
20 Jul 07
you are absolutely right and a very great thought from you about this education for peace.. I think military schools are essential for the safeguard of a country as it trains students with various skills to protect their nation.But persoanally i hate war and dont support any country which entertains war either inside their own country or with some other country. Actually iam also a victim of ethnic war that is still going on in sri lanka.We moved to our home country India from there in the 80's still when i was a kid and there is not end for it even now.negatiation prooves meaningless for both the sides who are runing innocent peoples life.
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
21 Jul 07
thank you for your response. wars are happened anytime,and its influence is very bad. i hate war,and i hate any kind of thing like that.
@vivienna (583)
• Venezuela
30 May 07
I think education for peace must start at home, should be focused on from kinder to university, and, for sure, has to be a primary topic for every Christian. To be peaceful and able to reconcile is more than a technique, although I agree with you that learning to handle conflicts is very important. Peace is an attitude, not only of individuals, but first of all, of society itself. There are actually many influences at work in order to make society more violent, entertainment industry, for example. Most solutions to conflict shown in movies and tv are violent solutions. I decline to think that those movies and tv-series "only represent reality". If this were true, our countries would be a very hell to live in. Nevertheless, the saddest example of how to fail in their mission of peace, gave those Christians and Christian leaders who agreed with attacking a nation they had only a vague idea about, not even in defense, but ...why? This couldn't possibly be out of love for the enemy? Blessed are the peacemakers...
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@yanstill (1491)
• China
1 Jun 07
you gave me a new idea,indeed,peace is not only about individual,it's related to society,it's a great idea to start education at home,one condition is,the parents should have to support peace,actually,i think to set up a paradise of peace is not so easy,and i don't know if there will be one. sometimes peace is sacrificed to greed,so you can see some christians act like that,i think it's human nature,the point is,how to dicipline ourselves,and not to be so selfish.
• India
30 May 07
i am in the country of mahatma gandhi, who with bare hands fled british from our country.peace and non violence wre his weopens and that proved worthy even in other countries. so let us follow his path by spreading his ideas to whole world.........
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@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
19 Jul 07
Hi yanstill. Good post. I wish there was a way to avoid wars but I am afraid they will always exist, it's like it's human's nature. In some countries, until now military service is mandatory for young men where they have to spend one to two years learning how to fight with all kinds of weapons. I'm sure if there were schools to teach people how to make peace the world would do much better than it is doing now. Take care yanstill!
@yanstill (1491)
• China
20 Jul 07
thank you.maybe where are men ,where are wars. wish there are peace all the time. all the best to you.
• China
7 Jul 07
It is a good idea^_^
@yanstill (1491)
• China
8 Jul 07
:)thanks.btw,havent seen u for a long time.
@PatriciaL (2081)
• United States
30 May 07
I don't think you can educate someone about peace by providing weapons and teaching them how to fight, etc. That's doing the exact opposite in my opinion. Fighting doesn't create or bring peace, it's brings retaliation, more fighting.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
1 Jun 07
you are some kind of right,but,sometimes we have to,fight for peace,and no choice.
@wasim989 (2302)
• India
30 May 07
How can peace be achieved when people like Bush are making decisions on behalf of the world and not even caring wether everyine agrees with the decision or not. How can there be peace when US itself has nuclear weapon and they are trying their best to see that other countries don't get their hands on such weapons. How can there be peace when fanatics like Osama bin laden is brain washing other people against west.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
31 May 07
i hope there will be some way out...
@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
30 May 07
Miltary schools are for miltary tranning and they should be as they are because we all need it for self defence. Infact I think each and every person on this earth should be given military training for self protection. so that no body will remain helpless. Now about your school of peace. I think it is good idea. The way today terrorism is spread all over the world, I think your school of peace will be very helpful. But the most important question is, will the peace destoyers let you have you wish......I am doubtful about that.
@yanstill (1491)
• China
31 May 07
thanks for your reply,Apsara i think everything that happened has a reason,why there is terrorism?people were not born a terrorist,but what causes all these happen? yes,military schools are necessary,to protect ourselves,i agree with you.but that can't stop wars or fights,we need to find more.
@53tab5 (12)
30 May 07
now thats what i call a good idea its people like you and your thinking that this world needs more of
@yanstill (1491)
• China
1 Jun 07
thanks for saying that.:)
@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
24 Oct 07
Hi, I too agree with you. Hope the more peace maintaing assignments may be given and those conflict management along with various other human problems managment or educations is to given more priority rather wasting the time on money for more conflict attitute educations. Hope a strong global protective and rectification programme with cooperation with nations is be invited with high importance. Hope peace all over the world may be long lasted.
@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
31 May 07
Well I don't know if there's such typical school that offering such course, but when I was a child I've been in what so called Theocratic School in our church and it can be best describe as school for peace cause there students are being taught how to be a peaceful man with the help of bible principle. There's no graduation in that school where your classmates are the whole member of the church. The focus of the class is to improve oneself to be a good preacher of peace and propagating it through whole world unbounded by any race, belief, and nationality. It emphasizes the unity of mankind under one kingdom, the kingdom of God for everlasting peace.