Dialogue and Nuclear Disarmament Teaching Ideas:

Using our own wisdom, how can we help Sensei achieve this section of his current Peace Proposal? Both proven and untried ideas are welcome! Of course, each situation and classroom is unique, and we need wisdom to make those decisions, especially in an international context!
Emphasis has been placed in recent years on empowering children as agents of change rather than simply affording them protection, as important as that is. We should create an environment that enables children, who will shape the next generation, to initiate waves of change, transforming and breaking the historical cycles of human suffering and tragedy.
PART ONE

1. Get ideas from the SGI Quarterly – the short articles are great
2. Create a festival
3. To have the attitude as Ikeda says, "Universities exist for the sake of those who never have the opportunity to attend them.” If we could bring peace to the lives of our children I am sure they would lead us all to a nuclear free world.
4. Create projects such as food locally and globally. Have students write a personal statement about their experience to go with the photo display - send the whole thing to a food NGO
5. Create collaboration in the classroom then help each student become collaborative in his own neighborhoods or family.

6. I am teaching a class I developed called Curiosity for Strategists J 457 that the University of Oregon let me invent. I am going to give the students the points from Sensei's proposal. Mainly I want them to think about why we have such weapons, are they necessary and what can be done to get rid of them? then we will discuss the ideas in class Re ideas on helping students think about disamament;
UPDATE Tomorrow is the first class. I am going to give them several points from Sensei`s paper on disamament. I am going to ask them think about why we have nuclear weapons,if they are neccessary and what could we do if we wanted to get rid of them. Next week we will have a discussion about it. Hopefully they come up with some interesting, new and actionable things.
Hopefully we can do some of those things and then report to Sensei. At the very least these students will be thinking about it and they are sure to talk to other students about what they are thinking about and working on.
Dave Koranda.
7. This week I met a student who just came from China and never heard about the SGI. But he knew Daisaku Ikeda very well. How? His works are extensively studied by the students from his university! So this is another way of teaching peace I'm goiing to start now, by promoting his thoughts on peace in the classroom.
8. I work with adult people from all over the world, many from warzones like Afghanistan, Irak,
Somalie, Soudan etc. The task is to help them to integrate in the Dutch society. In the curriculum there are many aspectsI don't like, for example to force our values upon them, while not taking account of their values.But I anyway try to turn it around. One of the subjects is to teach them opposites in our language, like happy, unhappy or heaven, earth, hundreds of them. I just add one word to the list: 'war' and .............a big silence....How come they don't know the word 'peace'? Through this I learnt that they simply never learnt about peace. War came to them and they are victims or sometimes perpetrators, but they did not realise that peace is also the result of action. From there I ask them to start a dialogue with their neighbours and to relate their experiences to the other students.

Please continue this great roadway to accomplishing Sensei's goals. What do you do now? What new things do you want to try?
Then go back to the Discussion and fill out the details.

9. Part of what I teach is intercultural capacity building. Right now my Chinese student and I learning how to Chinese and Americans have been collaborating for many years. We just didn't know it. We learned that Thoreau read Confucian (and Buddhist) teachings and deepened his understanding of nature because of it and On Walden Pond is one of the effects. Today China is beginning to fix environmental degradation because the American environmental movement influenced China. See more on Day Three Discussions.

10. when i was teaching middle school in northern california, i enjoyed bringing the "model U.N." concept into my classroom and networked w/other teachers that were doing the same. the "model U.N." gives students the opportunity to be "active" participants in supporting a particular countries needs. it is of course much more elaborate to plan and in most cases the "prep time" for both teachers & students is the real sustenance of the this particular "model", it is the "journey" after all. i was amazed at how much interest the middle school students had in a "mock" model U.N. and most of these students today are making a difference in the very countries that they were back then passionate about saving!



PART TWO How can CEIN help you? Let's make a list of the possible ways CEIN can help you connect your students more deeply to nuclear disarmament. Teachers are busy people so tell us what you could use. Here are a few ideas so far - you can tell us if they'd be helpful and/or suggest others.

  • have a center for news updates on the nuclear disarmament. Many countries carry these news items or have NGOs which do. In the US we have the Institute of Peace website www.usip.org which is federal but also the Carnegie Endowment for Intenrational Peace www.CarnegieEndowment.org. Carnegie is following the current intensifying topic with suggestions about how to make it happen. We could also upload current news items as we head towards the important May meeting
  • have book discussions on our wiki on Choose Hope, Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age by David Krieger and Daisaku Ikeda, or on Towards a World Without Nuclear Weapons by Daisaku Ikeda
  • The Peoples' Decade for Nuclear Abolition is the SGI's public service website. www.peoplesdecade.org
  • create a booklet of our experiences and best practices over the next five years for teachers and send it also to Sensei.
  • Have Sensei's Peace Proposals and/or books on Nuclear Abolition discussed/studied along with Nichiren's writings in our Discussion Meetings and have our fellow members more aware of this part of our mission. Some people in the organization never read a Peace Proposal.
  • As I reported earlier, I brought up President Ikeda's propsal to eliminate nuclear weapons in a class. I explained a little about Sensei and what he has done for education and that he has more honorary doctorates than anyone on the planet. I gave them a sheet with the questions; Are nuclear weapons really necessary? Why do we need to keep them? What justifies our own (US) stockpiles of nuclear weapons when we make an issue of not allowing out of other states possession of them? Does humanity really have no other choice but to live under the threat of nuclear weapons? I put the students in groups of 3 and asked them to discuss these points from the stand point of what might be positive, what might be negative and what is simply interesting re these questions and weapons. the discussions were interesting in that the students seemed to mirror many of the ideas that we often hear; how can we not keep nuclear weapons when people like the leader of North Korea insist of having them etc. I asked them to meet again and to think about the questions on their own. In class this coming Wednesday, each group will present what they have come up with and I will report back what they came up wth.
  • I wonder if we might, if in the spirit of dialogue and disarmament if we might discuss those points here and I can report some of the discussion back to my students (Dave Koranda)
i would reiterate doing an "active" lesson within the classroom using CEIN "live". we did a similiar tracking in my 4th grade class a few years ago when the
Hawaiian sailing canoe "Hokule`a" was sailing down to the Sadawal island in Micronesia. we did a "live" tracking that enabled the students to talk w/the crew
and ask questiions about location, weather and navigation. students love "live"!!

PART THREE: DISCUSSION BY DAVE KORANDA

I am teaching a class I developed called Curiosity for Strategists J 457 that the University of Oregon let me invent. I am going to give the students the points from Sensei's proposal. Mainly I want them to think about why we have such weapons, are they necessary and what can be done to get rid of them? then we will discuss the ideas in class Re ideas on helping students think about disamament; Dave Koranda

UPDATE 1
Tomorrow is the first class. I am going to give them several points from Sensei`s paper on disamament. I am going to ask them think about why we have nuclear weapons,if they are neccessary and what could we do if we wanted to get rid of them. Next week we will have a discussion about it. Hopefully they come up with some interesting, new and actionable things.
Hopefully we can do some of those things and then report to Sensei. At the very least these students will be thinking about it and they are sure to talk to other students about what they are thinking about and working on.

UPDATE 2
As I reported earlier, I brought up President Ikeda's propsal to eliminate nuclear weapons in a class. I explained a little about Sensei and what he has done for education and that he has more honorary doctorates than anyone on the planet. I gave them a sheet with the questions; Are nuclear weapons re6. I am teaching a class I developed called Curiosity for Strategists J 457 that the University of Oregon let me invent. I am going to give the students the points from Sensei's proposal. Are nuclear weapons really necessary? Why do we need to keep them? What justifies our own (US) stockpiles of nuclear weapons when we make an issue of not allowing out of other states possession of them? Does humanity really have no other choice but to live under the threat of nuclear weapons?
Mainly I want them to think about why we have such weapons, are they necessary and what can be done to get rid of them? then we will discuss the ideas in class about ideas on helping students think about disamament;

UPDATE 3
I put the students in groups of 3 and asked them to discuss these points from the stand point of what might be positive, what might be negative and what is simply interesting re these questions and weapons. The discussions were interesting in that the students seemed to mirror many of the ideas that we often hear; how can we not keep nuclear weapons when people like the leader of North Korea insist of having them etc. I asked them to meet again and to think about the questions on their own. In class this coming Wednesday, each group will present what they have come up with and I will report back what they came up with.

CEIN participants:
I wonder if we might, if in the spirit of dialogue and disarmament if we might discuss those points here and I can report some of the discussion back to my students (Dave Koranda)

Wonderful questions and class, Dave. Constance

  • Why do we have nuclear weapons? Fear, or greed, anger and stupidity. My Dad worked for the Central Illinois Light Co. and I grew up hearing about all kinds of energy. After WWII my father's dream was to use nuclear energy to help free ourselves from other sources of energy such as oil, gas, etc. But instead the US primarily moved to further develop nuclear energy for war purposes. I believe it is related first to fear, then greed, anger and stupidity. Constance
  • Are they really necessary?
    I think people feel we don't have any other choice when it comes to national security. If you look at the history of china, they stopped developing in the 16-18th centuries and they got caught by the western powers. It would be difficult for China to even think about allowing that to happen again. People don't think they have other options and they are afraid to let go of military means. Stephanie
  • What can be done to get rid of them? I like what Pres. Obama said when he received peace prize. Paraphrasing here: We have to talk to those with whom we do not get along. We have to work to figure out a way to work together that is advantageous for all. So deep dialogue is the first step. Letting go of our preconceived ideas about others and their belief systems. Constance

Educate more girls in the world. How mothers have the ability to rear their families without as much poverty will create less angry terrorist bombers. Or crazy heads of state. Constance

It would be interesting if we had a web site of CEIN with a clock indicating how many hours (or days) are missing for the total elimination of these weapons, a countdown to 2015. A world map with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Center. This site could have an area for suggestions, an area indicating political actions that are going against or for the elimination of these weapons. Perhaps the map could indicate the zones free of nuclear weapons, and the areas that have nuclear weapons (here include all countries that have not yet declared flatly against these weapons). It could have an area for students / youth of the world who reported their experiences (as in Brazil the MOIMENTA Scholar for Peace (MAP). Last year, from October 2 to January 2 this year was the World March for Peace, it would be nice to make more and more actions that seek the exchange of people around the world. Perhaps this web site could become very present in the lives of students. Michel Nader