People need “Peace Literacy” so they’ll learn about peace (and practice it), not only about wars

Paul K. Chappell grew up in a violent household.  He joined the U.S. Army, graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain.  Then he turned toward peace.  He realized that people need to to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war.  He created the concept of “Peace Literacy” to help people of all ages and from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world.  See

Just like West Point trains soldiers and the Civil Rights Movement has conducted serious training for disciplined nonviolent organizers and activists, so also the Peace Literacy organization educates people to be as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war.

Peace Literacy frames peace not merely as a goal, but as a practical skill-set – a literacy like reading and writing – that needs to be taught and practiced from pre-K through to higher education. Peace Literacy empowers us to create peace that is realistic, resilient, and sustainable, while helping us develop our full capacity for empathy, conscience, reason, and realistic hope.

See a smart introduction to Peace Literacy at this link:

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Their curriculum includes resources for very young children, youths and adults:

Their website has much more information and many good resources:



About GlenAnderson 1515 Articles
Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093