ERIC Number: ED248154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Peace Is Our Profession: Teaching Nonviolence in the Schools.
Ways in which secondary level humanities teachers can incorporate information and materials on pacifism and nonviolent action into their existing courses are discussed. To improve their abilities to think creatively about how to change the world, students must learn about nonviolence and the strategies used by pacifists in the pursuit of their causes. For example, in U.S. history and American literature classes students can be exposed to the writings of William Penn, George Fox, and John Woolman and can learn about the Quakers' commitment to nonviolent principles. By reading works of and about the abolitionists of the 18th and 19th centuries, students can learn about the tactics used by Elihu Burritt, Sojourner Truth, and others as they worked to end slavery. In addition to the examples from previous centuries, recent U.S. history also teaches the discerning student how nonviolence may be successfully used in resistance to violence and oppression, e.g., the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's, the Peace Corps of the 1960's, and the American civil rights movement. A brief bibliography of relevant publications and a list of nonviolent organizations and resources are included in the appendices. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Abolitionism; Gandhi (Mahatma); Nonviolence; Pacifism; Quakers
Note: Research also supported by the Joseph Klingenstein Foundation.