Richard Scarry’s books are among the world’s most popular children’s books in English. First published in 1963, they reflected the ethos of the 1950s in their stereotyping by gender and ethnicity. Over the decades, until his death in 1994, Scarry was sensitive enough to update his books in response to criticisms about this. “DiLeo was … More Richard Scarry’s evolving world!
I am copying this from my website, as it is was posted on September 29, 2001, but it is available here as well. Lederach finished his essay by quoting the Irish poet, Seamus Heaney: “We will not win this struggle for justice, peace and human dignity with the traditional weapons of war. We need to change … More “On the far side of revenge”: John Paul Lederach on “The Challenge of Terror”
The following text circulated widely within a day or two of 9/11, as a message from the Dalai Lama. I have found its words very inspiring over the years. He says: “This is the moment of your ministry. This is the time of teaching. What you teach at this time, through your every word and … More A moment for teaching: The Dalai Lama after 9/11
For Peace Day, the United States Institute for Peace has come up with this Infographic. Are there other qualities you can think of?
“How do children learn to care enough about others that they reap the personal rewards associated with giving? When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways.” An article by Marilyn Price-Mitchell in Edutopia opens with this question. At the … More “Empathy in Action”
Time magazine’s parenting expert, Carey Wallace, has offered some good advice on how to talk to children about the unfolding refugee crisis. http://time.com/4024972/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-refugees/ The text is copied here as a “mirror”, intended to facilitate access. Do visit the original site. **** Carey Wallace, How to Talk to Your Kids about Refugees, TIME, Sept. 8, 2015 … More How to talk to your kids about the refugee crisis
Mihir Bhatt recently visited Assam and says of his conversations with teachers: “The teachers I met found that in the classrooms, the idea of India includes Assam, but only with extra effort. But similar efforts are not made, either by India or Assam, to include India into what is Assam. There is limited material available … More Conversations with teachers in post-violence Assam
Read the report and related documents here.
Our friend, Meeta Sengupta, writes in her blog: “It is practically impossible to teach without passing on some of the values that the teacher ascribes to. To even try to do so would be to suck the soul out of teaching. The simple act of teaching is about communicating certain values about commitment, preparation, discipline, … More Education and values
Prajnya team members have contributed three essays to a special issue of ‘Agenda‘ on peace-building. (October 2011) Swarna Rajagopalan, Peace Refractions Anupama Srinivasan, Teaching peace: Civil society peace education programmes in South Asia Priyadarshini Rajagopalan, Beginning with children