Raising Peacemakers by Garn Press Author Esther Sokolov Fine – Book, Tote Bag and Coffee Mug

About Raising Peacemakers

Raising Peacemakers by Esther Sokolov Fine tells a twenty-two year story of kids growing up with peacemaking as their foundation. At Downtown Alternative School (DAS), a small public elementary school in Toronto, child-to-child conflicts were understood as opportunities. Children and adults worked hard to create a warm inclusive community where differing viewpoints and disagreements could be handled fairly and safely.

Raising Peacemakers

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Purchase the Raising Peacemakers print book on Amazon and buy the Amazon Kindle ebook version for just $2.99. All of Garn’s Amazon Kindle eBooks are now available through Amazon’s MatchBook Program! When you buy the print version you can also get the Kindle version for just $2.99. If you have previously purchased any Garn print book from Amazon.com at any time in the past, you can also now buy the Kindle version for the same $2.99.

 

 

While the book includes documentation and transcripts, it’s a narrative rather than an academic text. It’s the author’s story and many stories. It’s a trail of re-thinking, negotiating and re-negotiating, solving and re-solving (occasionally resolving) teaching and learning dilemmas. It’s a tale of one school’s brave and optimistic effort to create and sustain healthy, safe, equitable, and academically relevant conditions for and with people whose lives were and are at stake in public education. It’s about children and adults growing together as they discover more about what it means (and what it takes) to become responsible citizens who care about each other, about their community, and about the world.

Between their many inevitable conflicts, encouraged by adults, DAS children established their own rituals. They would double-cross their arms and clasp fingers in a group handshake to mark the conclusion of “a peacemaking.” They would wipe away tears, giggle, move on to other things, or resume their play. They were learning to express themselves, listen, and include. The adults learned to hold back, hover, and accept what for the children constituted resolution, even when they (the adults) did not always fully get it.

The DAS community was dedicated to the serious work, and to the joy, of respectful relationships and power sharing. This book invites you to step back more than twenty years to learn about how this began and what keeps it alive to this day.

Raising Peacemakers – Tote Bag and Coffee Mug

 

Raising Peacemakers Tote Bag

The all-over printed tote is printed using the sublimation technique, meaning that every inch (excluding the handles) is printed on.

100% spun polyester weather resistant fabric
Dual handles 100% natural cotton bull denim
Bag 15″ x 15″ (38.1cm x 38.1cm)
100% Made in California
Price: $23.00
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Raising Peacemakers Mug

Ceramic
Dishwasher safe
Microwave safe
White, glossy
Price: $14.95
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This sturdy white, glossy ceramic mug is an essential to your cupboard. Looking for the perfect amount of your hot beverage without refills? Search no more. This brawny version of ceramic mugs shows its true colors with quality assurance to withstand heat in the microwave and put it through the dishwasher as many times as you like, the quality will not be altered.

 

Book Reviews

Raising Peacemakers shows that an authentic approach to managing child-to-child conflicts, learned in kindergarten, stayed with young children as they grew into adolescence and adulthood. It demonstrates by contrary example the profound error of standardized programs-in-a-box for “conflict resolution” and, by implication, much else in education.” – Carole Edelsky

“Esther Fine’s stories let readers learn how “doing peace” made and sustained lasting, positive changes in students’ lives.” – Patrick Willard Shannon

“Raising Peacemakers” is so much more than a well-designed blueprint for creating an alternative dispute resolution system in public schools. It is a deeply felt, albeit subtle, argument for the need throughout society for similar methods to resolve the disputes that separate and divide. Entertainingly written, “Raising Peacemakers” should be read by anyone who deals with disagreements, whether between children, between adults or between entire nations. There is much to be learned from the directness and simplicity of children.” – Amazon Customer

“Raising Peacemakers” is an inspiring look at the effects an innovative elementary school program had on the lives of the parents, teachers, and students involved. But even more than that, it shows what children are capable of when they’re empowered to solve their own conflicts and take control over their lives. In this world of helicopter parenting and protecting children from little failures, I think this is a powerful argument for allowing kids to work through their own challenges, with guidance, yes, but with the freedom to take missteps and learn from their mistakes – Amazon Customer

A stellar book for parents, teachers and all who care about the next generation. Clearly, we’d be living in a different kind of world if those holding the reins of power had been nurtured by the likes of Esther Sokolov Fine. Brava for sharing your experiences and ideas in this “fine” book! – Amazon Customer

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