Educating Youth for a World beyond Violence: A Pedagogy for Peace

Hardcover | December 15, 2010

byH. Svi Shapiro

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In a time of unprecedented social and economic crisis, this book represents a challenge to the orthodoxy that shapes our vision of educational purpose. It argues that now, more than ever, there is a moral imperative for educators to assume responsibility for helping to bring about a culture of peace and non-violence in both our nation and throughout the world as a whole. Shapiro has situated his vision of education in a broader quest for social and moral change. His framework is one rooted in the critical pedagogic tradition which sees education’s primary purpose as nurturing democratic values, civic involvement, and a commitment to a more just and compassionate culture.

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In a time of unprecedented social and economic crisis, this book represents a challenge to the orthodoxy that shapes our vision of educational purpose. It argues that now, more than ever, there is a moral imperative for educators to assume responsibility for helping to bring about a culture of peace and non-violence in both our nation ...

H. Svi Shapiro is Professor of Education and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is presently director of the PH.D. program in Educational and Cultural Studies. His most recent books include Losing Heart: the Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America’s Children (2005) and the edited volume, Educati...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 8.58 × 5.62 × 0.7 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230109330

ISBN - 13:9780230109339

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Table of Contents

Giving Peace a Chance * Truth and Violence * The Violence of Invisibility * Undoing the Narrative of Competition * Justice then Peace * Violence and the Crisis of Meaning * Critical Citizenship * A Pedagogy of Peace

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“Few authors address the moral and spiritual dimensions of education as insightfully and accessibly as Dr. Shapiro. Far from an abstract philosophical treatise, this is a very concrete and provocative work of social/cultural criticism. An important book that I hope many people will read and consider deeply.”—Sue Brooks, Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education, SUNY, New Paltz“While he acknowledges that it will take more than schools to change our current systems of thought and action, Dr. Shapiro also acknowledges that schools offer us the opportunity to show our children a different way to be – a way to peace. While his vision is idealistic, his analysis is firmly planted in the inequities of today. He describes the suffering in the world with explicit candor, yet his critique never loses the humanity of the actors in our social conflicts and thus, the possibility for real transformation. His language invites us in and speaks to the most noble, humane, and compassionate sides of ourselves. By the end, we want to transform the education system because it seems like the most just thing to do. This book could not be more significant as it addresses the despair in the world today and gives us a sensible path for hope, a path that we can realize if we trust our better impulses.”—Daniel Chapman, Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies, Georgia Southern University