In 1979 peace educator Peggy Schirmer and a friend walked into the preschool on Otis Air Force Base and told the teachers about the mock nuclear explosion to be set off at the Cape Cod base. The preschool teachers, like all teachers, were busy teaching their children how to live and work peacefully with each other and how to be safe in their classroom, never realizing the violent tableau being staged by adults outside their school.
Peggy Schirmer followed up this experience by creating a slide show “Children of Hiroshima” featuring words and pictures done by children who had been working safely and peacefully in the classrooms when the atomic bombs struck.
What one educator can do...
Here are some excellent publications by CEASE members:
Teaching Young Children in Violent Times by Diane Levin
We offer books, activities, lesson plans, and ideas that teachers, parents, and students can use to promote values, attitudes and behaviors which encourage non-violent resolution of conflict, respect for human rights, democracy, intercultural understanding and tolerance.