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Colman McCarthy Is Teaching Peace In America's Schools

Thank you for having Colman McCarthy on These Days. It was a delightful interview and his message that we need to have peace education as part of the core curriculum in schools would greatly help young people learn skills that will help them over an entire lifetime.

In listening to Mr. McCarthy's message he did not attack the young men and women of the U.S. military. Rather, he tried to explain that "killing others" is not a "natural" thing. If anything, I think he had empathy for those who dedicate their lives to protecting this country.

However, he did urge us to be reflective and ask ourselves how we are acting in the world and how we are perceived by others. The reality is that the U.S. spends more money on weapons than any other nation in the world. For the 2010 fiscal year, the president's base budget of the Department of Defense rose to $533.8 billion. Adding spending on "overseas contingency operations" brings the sum to $663.8 billion. Wouldn't it be great if we took at least 1% of that money and dedicated it to helping people learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully, from K-12 schools to the national and international area?

April 27, 2010 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )