ERIC Number: ED310953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Dimensions of Justice and Peace in Religious Education.
Carey, Loretta; And Others
In addressing the process of religious education, the constraints of time, space, and materials often force choices on religious educators. The purpose of this booklet is to propose the dimension of justice and peace education to what already exists in most religious education programs. It is suggested that educators change their perspective from a personal/interpersonal level to a structural level in an attempt to analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural structures of human activity and to see that change can be effected in those structures that deny or inhibit human life. Empowering the poor to make decisions and to act for change has been added to the requirement of the Judeo-Christian religious tradition of service to the poor. Conflict resolution skills should be introduced as a practical alternative to violent response to help convince students that alternatives to violence are available and workable both on the interpersonal and political levels. Because culture is a powerful force in transmitting values, students must understand the nature of cultural messages so that they can celebrate what is good and resist and transform that which is bad. Lastly, a sense of global community and hope must be fostered among youth so that changes for justice and peace can be made. Each section is followed by short bibliographies for background reading and resources for programs and curriculum. Four appendices contain additional resources, ideas for evaluation of instructional materials, and a list of resource distributors. (JB)
Descriptors: Catholic Educators, Catholics, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Awareness, Culture, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Global Approach, Justice, Multicultural Education, Peace, Problem Solving, Religious Education, Social Cognition, Values Education
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007-3852 ($5.10 members; $6.80 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Justice/Peace Education Council, New York, NY.; National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC. National Association of Parish Coordinators/Directors of Religious Education.