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Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students: A Guide to Writing and Speaking Out About Issues of War and of Peace


reviewed by Steven Cohen November 27, 2006

coverTitle: Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students: A Guide to Writing and Speaking Out About Issues of War and of Peace
Author(s): Chris Weber
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325007497 , Pages: 232, Year: 2006
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In the 1980s, I was part of a group writing a curriculum for middle and high school students about the dangers of nuclear warfare. We collected some extraordinary material, created some timely and thoughtful activities, and saw many teachers use them in the classroom. At the same time, the curriculum itself had a serious hole in the center. Much of its impetus came from our fears and memories of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. The air raid drills, “duck and cover,” and particularly the dog tags that some New York City public school students had been issued were impossible to forget. Those memories had returned with the election of Ronald Reagan. The curriculum, then, took on a campaign against nuclear war. The problem, of course, is that everyone opposes nuclear war. Even those who can bear to contemplate it as a possibility are not in the habit of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 27, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12856, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 11:11:52 PM

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  • Steven Cohen
    Tufts University
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    STEVEN COHEN, Ph.D. is Lecturer in Education at Tufts University. Dr. Cohen taught high school history for twenty years and is in his eleventh year at Tufts. He has also had the opportunity to work on educational projects beyond the classroom. He edited and wrote anthologies to accompany the public television documentaries Vietnam: A Television History and Eyes On The Prize. Steve was a Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves for two decades and has written articles about teaching controversial issues like the Vietnam War, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, and the Holocaust. His interests are teacher education, history and social studies. Publications include The Cross and the Star: A Study Guide (Albion Press, 1992), Secrecy and Democracy (Cambridge: Educators for Social Responsibility, 1990), Eyes on the Prize: A Sourcebook (Boston: Blacksides, 1986), and Vietnam Anthology and Guide to a Television History (New York: Knopf, 1983).
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