PEACE! What is the real meaning of Peace and how do we teach our students to embrace and proliferate peace? I looked up the definition and came up with several that will resonate in your ears.
the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
( often initial capital letter ) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
I think we could pick and choose which one would fit our situation at any given time, but the one that echoes teaching is "a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors."
How do we teach our students to live in peace? To accept others for who they are, not what they have? To share in our commonalities as an individual or group, rather than where we live or what we do for a living? These are big questions, and I challenge you as a teacher this year to teach your students about peace, world locations, geography, and cultures this. To help them understand and share in the joys and sorrows as people and children around the world, rather than just our own town and communities. Many people throughout history have expounded the virtues of peace, what a wonderful world we would all live in if we embraced each other, learned about others lives, their holidays, and their world. Your teaching can be as simple as using Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W. to start conversations, encourage thinking, and helping students understand the world in which they live. PEACE!