From: Educating for Action
In an age of endless war, when history is in perpetual mourning, groaning under the burden of class oppression, peace is a necessary practice. In a world redolent of George Orwell’s novel 1984, where war is peace and peace is war, we need to reengage in teaching peace with ontological clarity and a renewed commitment to strategize for social change. Peace education does not guarantee that peace will be achieved, but without peace education we are permanently exiled from victory.
Peter McLaren is Professor of Urban Schooling at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. He is also currently Distinguished Fellow in Critical Studies at Chapman University, California. Professor McLaren’s work has been translated into 20 languages. One of his books, Life in Schools: An Introduction to Critical Pedagogy in the Foundations of Education, was chosen in 2004 as one of the 12 most significant education books worldwide by an international panel commissioned by the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. The government of Venezuela recently honored Professor McLaren with the International Award in Critical Pedagogy.