Kentucky News Review: Kentucky schools offer studies in peace education

Kentucky News Review: Kentucky schools offer studies in peace education


Posted 14 September 2011, by Lu-Ann Farrar, Kentucky News Review (, kentucky .com



Sept. 14, 2011

  • Kentucky’s universities are offering programs in peace education, according to The field of study is relatively new and interdisciplinary in nature. A college focus area, certificate or minor typically includes one to three required peace studies courses, along with a selection of two to five courses in social and economic justice, cultural studies, ecology, philosophy, women’s studies, theology, conflict resolution and a service-learning component. Ten Bluegrass and Community and Technical College professors created a new course in 2003 called Introduction to Peace Studies. Since then, two more courses have been added. In 2004, BCTC created a focus area in Peace & Justice Studies, a concentration of courses totaling 16 hours within the 60-hour associate in arts degree, reports Berea College, Madisonville Community College, Bellarmine University and University of Louisville offer programs in peace and justice education.
  • Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force officers recovered the remnants of 10 to 12 methamphetamine labs inside a cave that is part of the Mammoth Cave karst system, reports the Daily News. Any gases or liquid waste from the labs had already seeped into the water table. Drug investigators retrieved about 10 pounds of solid waste. “None of us want to be drinking the hazardous waste that meth labs produce,” task force Director Tommy Loving said to the Daily News. For every pound of methamphetamine produced, six pounds of waste are left behind.
  • Three teachers from Kentucky have been named All-American Teachers of the Year by the National Math and Science Initiative, a national, non-profit organization focused on improving mathematics and science achievement, according to Kentucky Teacher. AP Biology teacher Carlos Verdecchia from Bryan Station High School was among the teachers. Also named are Johnson Central High School AP English teacher Amiee Cantrell-Webb and Henderson County High School AP Calculus teacher Brian Sullivan. Verdecchia said his students have taught him, too. “I’m always surprised and often reminded years later when I meet with students that were not stellar students, they have fond memories of my class or just remember my name. I’m reminded daily that what we educators consider the top priority for our student (passing a test or finishing a project) is often not the top priority of our student lives.”
  • Featured in today’s commentary by Frank DeFord on National Public Radio, a piece in The Atlantic by Taylor Branch, “The Shame of College Sports.”



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