ERIC Number: ED247171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Peace and Security Education in the Federal Republic of Germany. Three Essays.
Lessing, Clemens; And Others
Three essays related to peace and security education in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) are presented. The first essay, "An Example of Controversial Themes in Education: Peace and Security," by Clemens Lessing, uses a 1980 controversial discussion of the Committee of the Cultural Ministry as an example of controversial themes in education. In this discussion, controversy between ministries in various lands in the FRG arose over a proposal that there should be more basic instruction in the schools concerning the duty of the federal government for defense and the necessity of service in the military to assure or defend the peace. One view emphasizes training for decision making and careful weighing of arguments, while another emphasizes the importance of learning controversial views about security and defense politics, encouraging students to draw a unified opinion from controversy. The second essay, "Analysis of Schoolbooks: Peace and Security," by Falk Pingel and Hanna Schissler, presents an overview of general coverage given to peace and security issues in secondary school political and social studies textbooks. Following a discussion of commonalities found among textbooks, the paper briefly discusses different approaches to dangers to the present peace, the phenonemon of war, aggression and power, alternative conceptions of peace, and coverage of specifically German issues. The final essay, "Military Duty and Conscientious Objection in a Controversy Theme for Political Education," by Hartmut Wasser, focuses on controversy resulting from two differing models of peace education, with "federal army/military duty" on one side and "conscientious objection/military service" on the other. Special instructional methodology concerning the study for military service and conscientious objection is provided. (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Papers presented at the Joint Meeting of the Social Science Education Consortium and the Bundeszentrale fur politische Bildung (Irsee, Bavaria, West Germany, June 18-22, 1984). Portions of text are marginally legible.