This blog post was written by Darby Munroe regarding her thoughts about the rise of patriot education over peace education in the US since 2016. Darby explains why she disagrees with this trend and how educators can discuss difficult topics with students in the class using peace education techniques.
Darby will host a webinar to explain these techniques on March 24th @ 7 PM.
Since 2016, the rise in Nationalism under the former presidential leadership has revealed undercurrents of racism and structural violence throughout our nation. The former President rallied for Patriotic Education, to further a Nationalistic platform. His “Teach American Exceptionalism” item is under his “Fighting for You” agenda. In it, he claimed that the United States does not have a racism problem, but instead that young people are brainwashed into thinking bad things and must focus on how exceptional we, as a nation, really are. What’s missing is actual data and grounding in theories to back up his claims that we do not have race related issues in the US, and how an American Exceptionalism curriculum would benefit schools and communities. There is, however, a large body of research on peace education in schools, and the benefits to surrounding communities.
CURRENT EXAMPLE OF CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC IN EDUCATION:
Peace Ed vs Patriotic Ed
Should peace education be a basic need?
If students learned these things in school, how would it impact the larger community?
Prep work (structure, facilities/online, contacts)
One event or a Series of Events
Ground Rules and Expectations
Facilitated Dialogues are confidential safe spaces. People don’t have to agree with one another, but they can learn to seek to understand each other and find common ground.
Topics to be discussed
Large group and break out groups
Potential Agreements, further actions