The Complex Journey of William Doll, Teacher Educator
Chapter 6. Pedagogy of Peace
Pedagogy of Peace
Peace is usually not associated with William Doll’s teaching, yet a sense of peace with himself and with what is happening in the world around him marks his pedagogy. I intentionally place this chapter after the discussions of his pedagogy of passion, because the interplay between passion and peace creates a unique pedagogical effect. As Jane Addams (1906/2007) notes, new ideals of peace are not tranquil or passive but complex and dynamic, leading to the nurturance of public life. Doll’s pedagogy of peace is dynamic and closely related to his sense of play (see Chapter 1). Playing with the limits and playing with social relationships would not be possible without a certain flow that springs from inner peace.
Doll does not like to talk about his difficult teenage years. But those years were foundational, because he made peace with his own eccentric styles. He reflects,
I guess I spent much of my youth trying to prove who I was, partly to me, and partly to others, but I really felt tremendously inferior in school, and outside of the school I felt a very strong sense of self and in what I could do. (Interview with Doll, 2009)
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