An argument for peace education

James Collinge
Vol 6, Number 1, p.30
One of the newest and potentially most controversial developments in New Zealand education is the introduction of Peace Studies into schools. Probably the most fundamental question that is raised when such a proposal is put up is “What is Peace Education?” This question must be answered, as any proponents of a new curriculum development or approach to education must be prepared to define and justify what it is they wish to introduce. This paper attempts such a definition, outlining some of the approaches that are being taken to peace education and discussing some of the criticisms that are levelled at it.