Four major types of peace education are apparent today - peace education as criticism of war, as liberation, as lifestyle movement, and as learning process. However, due to a number problems (such as prejudiced attitudes and concerns on the part of those educators who have experienced war and thus view it differently from those who have not; outdated textbooks; an inability to "teach" relationship perspective - females generally have a different vision of reality than men, seeing themselves as part of the whole rather than distinguishing themselves from others, and it is almost impossible to "teach" that insight), today's peace education lacks the strength and coherence necessary for the attainment of its far-reaching goals. Coupled with this is the unique problem of the developing countries which recognize the Gandhian principle that minds cannot be fed until stomachs are full. Peace education in those countries cannot be separated from development education.
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