We asked folks in our forum about questions they might have and this was a big one that came up:
Peace education doesn't necessarily mean a different curriculum. There are many ways to incorporate the approach into what you already do. One thing that worked for me in a similar situation was to focus on establishing a climate of safety and respect. As a class group, we discussed what made us feel safe in our environment, then we brainstormed positive actions that we could do that contributed to a safe environment. Once we had the ideas listed and consolidated and stated in positive terms, we put them on a sheet of chart paper and called them AGREEMENTS. We each signed our name at the bottom of the sheet – signifying that we agreed to do these things. Below are the agreements the children came up with:
These Agreements were put up in the room, along with the school's RULES. As the year went on, I noticed that we rarely ever referred to the official rules, but frequently referenced the agreements.
I am looking forward to hearing other suggestions for incorporating peace education.