This history, like all histories, is from one perspective. What is left out of this history of peace education?
What has always concerned me about peace education is that it has been written by men while the majority of those hurt by conflict are women and children. One of the most important books I read last year about conflict was by Ishmael Beah; although male, he wrote the books from the perspective of a child which gave the book greater import. During times of social upheaval, as evidence recently in Egypt, women are essential to the fight; we are the ones who run the home, bear the children and support the world. In order for peace education to be effective, one must be able to identify and tell all perspectives so there is equitable and fair discourse.
One of the areas that has always interested me is the feminist writers of the 1800s in America. Many of these women (Angela Haywood, Lois Waisbrooker) wrote about an utopian society where women either decided to strike and left men in chaos or ruled the land. Their points were clear - without women, society would fall its knees. Leaving out the perspective of women and their children leaves us with a half written history, one that is far from complete.