Peace One Day, More than a Song to Sing
The goal of Peace One Day is ongoing. There are no simple, or even clear answers, but that hasn’t detoured us from seeking them or proposing them. It may be the reason some have found comfort in songs. If you sing for peace there are some standouts, such as Blowin’ in the Wind, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? and If I Had a Hammer. The latter (written by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger) has as part of a stanza’s close, “I’d sing out love between my brothers and sisters all over this land.”
On Saturday, September 21, International Peace Day, chances are the world won’t automatically decide it’s time for peace, especially with all that’s out of our control, but to celebrate the concept of world peace is a bold and unified way to show that we haven’t given up on the idea, and that some day peace can be a reality. That is a powerful statement. And in the past, there has been a noticeable decline in aggression in the most volatile places around the world on that day. It is the reason we need to talk peace and ways to support the goal—locally and internationally with our children and students.
With all the things that can happen on Saturdays, we also need to somehow make September 21 stand out as more important than a football game, a dance recital, or anything else we may consider the most important thing. That may be easier for adults than children, so adults must be the role models. While adults haven’t figured out how to achieve peace, we just may be able to get those of us, our children, to a place where it can happen.
On Saturday, September 21, there will be live, 24-hour streaming from all over the world, with interviews, music, and celebrations of peace. You can sign up at Planet or at the Peace One Day site. Even time zone differences can’t stop the peace sharing and celebrations. The goal for educators—for their students—is to promote the importance and the power of this day in hopes they will get to the Peace One Day site, and join the world’s support of peace on September 21.
A Friday writing prompt assignment might be: How do you plan to support peace beyond a day, and throughout the year? While it doesn’t specifically ask for a solution, it does present a way students can offer feedback. We know the writing will be important, but there may also be some great ideas—and possibly a few never thought of before. And wouldn’t that be worth singing about? Then we’d really have a song to sing all over this world!