“ All I asked of the realists was that they think about this: Do you depend on violent force or nonviolent force to create peace? Not just peace in some vague “out there,” but peace in our homes, where physical beatings are the leading cause of injury among American women, or peace in the developing world, where some thirty-five thousand children die every day from preventable diseases, or peace in those parts of the world where more than 40,000 people die every month in some thirty-five wars or conflicts – mostly the poor killing the poor – or peace where the U.S. Congress gives $700 million a day to the Pentagon, which is $8,000* a second and three times the Peace Corps budget for a year. If violence were effective, peace would have reigned eons ago.” (p. xiv, I’d Rather Teach Peace ) *Pentagon budget has increased to $11,000 a second since the publication of McCarthy’s book.
Teaching Peace in our classrooms (teaching the form – the how)
3 main tools of peace-making: Dialogue Compromise Negotiation
Nine Steps to Decreasing & Ending Violence: 1. Define the conflict 2. It’s not you against me, it’s you and me against the problem 3. List the relationship’s many shared concerns 4. When people have fought, don’t ask what happened 5. Active Listening is better than passive hearing 6. Choose a neutral place to resolve the conflict, not the battlefield itself 7. Start with what’s doable 8. Increase forgiveness skills, decrease vengeance urges 9. Purify our hearts
Combining the What & the How: Peace Studies & Service Learning