Laurence Peters

Laurence Peters
The United Nations History and Core Ideas
Most popular histories see the UN as a 20th century invention created in the shadow of the Second World War, but the roots of the international body can be traced back to much earlier sources. The UN is based on at least two large ethical beliefs, that peace is better than war and that all human beings have equal rights. Both beliefs are enshrined in its two founding documents, the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This book tells the story of how both documents came to be and explains why the UN today is interested not just in resolving conflicts but in shaping a more just world. It traces the way that a group of globally minded thinkers across the ages, often working in isolation and dismissed as utopian thinkers, reworked long traditions of ethical and religious thought to devise structures and norms that world leaders would embrace. As a result of an energetic debate that thinkers such as Kant, Rousseau, and Penn helped spark, the idea of an international body to preserve world peace came to be taken seriously not only by world leaders but also by a more widely literate public. Published on the 70th anniversary of the UN’s founding, this book makes clear that the UN represents a product of our complicated dialogue with world history.
Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students Eleventh grade students in Bangladesh exchange video interviews with 10th-grade students in Georgia. High schoolers in Illinois learn Japanese, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, French, and German using online discussions with counterparts from many different countries. Students from around the world research endangered animal species from their areas and publish their findings to a shared website. Connecting globally through advances in Internet technology, including Web 2.0 tools, can now be a reality for any student in any classroom.
As our local communities reflect more of the world’s diversity, students need to be prepared to communicate with and relate to individuals from different countries and cultures. Integrating global education into standards-based lessons allows students to connect personally with their peers across geographical boundaries, expand their knowledge and awareness of the world, and increase their interest and curiosity in what they are learning. Global Education is a guide to get you started. It provides an introduction to global networks such as iEarn, Global Schoolhouse, and ePals; an overview of Web 2.0 tools that support global learning, such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts; and hundreds of Web resources. No matter the grade level or subject area, Global Education’s numerous examples, case studies, and lesson plans will provide you with ideas and inspiration for bringing your students the world.
Rockville, MD USA
Laurence was born in London, England and studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1974. He received his MA (Educ) degree in the Theory and Practice of English Teaching from the University of London, Institute of Education (1978) and a Ph..D from the University of Michigan. After writing and teaching he gained a Law Degree from the University of Maryland in 1986 and became counsel to the Subcommittee on Select Education & Civil Rights for the US House of Representatives (1986-1993) before serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education (1993-2001). Subsequently Peters directed the Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology in Education Consortium (MAR*TEC) working with five states, (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC and New Jersey) to assist their efforts to integrate technology into the curriculum. His book Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students (ISTE) 2009 is currently adopted in many graduate level programs including the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he has served as an adjunct lecturer and consultant. He currently teaches education and policy at Johns Hopkins University and a Graduate program for the United Nations Association National Capital Area. His book, The United Nations History and Core Ideas will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in October of 2015. He is married with three children.
Global Education
Education of the disadvantaged
Education and Politics
United Nations

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