Being able to think, care, and act enables students to become thoughtful,
compassionate, and effective local and global citizens. Frankly, we can teach them
all the content we want, but without teaching students to think, care, and act,
we do not provide them with the tools to build a peaceful future.
Susan Gelber Cannon
(Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future, 2011, p. 163)
Susan Gelber Cannon
Susan Gelber Cannon is an American educator with 30 years of experience in elementary and middleschool classrooms. Her special fields of interest are character, global, multicultural, and peace education: developing teaching methods to help children to think, care, and act honorably and globally. Trained in moral development at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she teaches history and English, as well as Model UN, peacemaking, and debate at The Episcopal Academy, near Philadelphia, PA, in the United States. Cannon has also taught middle school students and trained teachers in China and Japan. She gives presentations and workshops on peace education at conferences globally. She and her husband (the artist J. Kadir Cannon) initiated a Citizens’ Peace Tour in 2006, to Japan, China, Canada, Denmark, and Norway. Articles and journals about these and other peace education initiatives are posted in the News Archives.
Cannon created this website to give teachers, parents, and students rationales and resources to teach and work for peace locally and globally. Her blog provides updates, news, and inspirations for teaching for peace. Cannon’s book, Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future, details methods to teach for peace. In his foreword to the book, renowned peace education Ian Harris wrote, “Peace can be taught in practically every discipline if teachers truly concerned about the fate of this planet and its inhabitants have resources like this book to guide them….” Acclaimed character educator Thomas Lickona offered this praise: “The writing is excellent: passionate and personal, blending serious content with an engaging, reader-friendly style. The book is available from Information Age Publishing:
Copyright: Unless otherwise credited, words and images are protected by copyright of Susan Gelber Cannon. You are welcome to use excerpts and resources from this site in your work for peace with proper citation. You are also welcome to link this website to your peace education website or blog.
Workshops: To schedule a workshop or to share your suggestions on how to teach for peace please contact Susan Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep visiting this site, to see new projects and postings. Working together, we can change the culture of war to a culture of peace!
Artwork by J. Kadir Cannon is used with permission of the artist, who retains copyright to all images, including the Think, Care, Act image on my book. Visit www.jkadircannon.com to see more of his art, including his series Anguished Art: Outcries for Peace.
Two photographs on this site are used with permission of photographer John Spofford.
Thanks to the students I teach, all over the world, for your interest in learning how to build a peaceful future. Thanks to fellow teachers and families for your commitment to working for peace and justice.
“Teaching for peace aims to change an existing belief system—acceptance of war as a method of solving international problems—to a new paradigm—one in which human rights, social justice, sustainable development, and creative diplomacy are promoted as effective paths to national and international security. It is a long-term process, yielding a harvest that is often unseen.”
–Susan Gelber Cannon, author of Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future
"Unless we teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence."
-Colman McCarthy, author of I'd Rather Teach Peace
"I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate."
"A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems; have the skills to resolve conflict constructively; know and live by international standards of human rights, gender and racial equality; appreciate cultural diversity; and respect the integrity of the Earth. Such learning can not be achieved without intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace."
-Global Campaign for Peace Education
"Linear analysis will get you to a much-changed caterpillar, but it won't get you a butterfly. For that you need a leap of imagination."
-Robert L. Hutchings, Chairman of National Intelligence Council