Real World Learning

Real World Learning

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

If you want to teach kids about peace, provide them with opportunities to explore real world learning. Take them to places where they can meet and interact with diverse people. You can start right in your own neighborhood. Let them discover the myriad of things they can explore and enjoy outside. With proper supervision, give them space to socialize not just with children their own age but also with people from all walks of life.

Traveling is likewise a great way, not just for children, to learn and understand more about the world. Without personal experience and context, it would be easy to misunderstand and believe the stereotypes about people from other cultures. And it is only when you travel to unfamiliar places and get to see things from up close that you get a better grasp of the value of diversity.

Schools are not the only places to get an education. Learning is a continuous process. And those who embrace lifelong learning will find that there is much to learn from the real world – outside the classroom. And if you take a moment to observe some of the most well-traveled people around you, you might be surprised to find that they are among the least prejudiced and more compassionate people you know.

Promoting Peace With Iran

Negotiators from all over the world have been zeroing in on a deal that would prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. And all over the world, Global Zero members are speaking out in support of these negotiations. A deal with Iran is an important step toward achieving a world without nuclear weapons. Here’s how a nuclear deal with Iran will move the global community closer to a safer future.

The spread of nuclear weapons is a recipe for increased instability on a global scale. The addition of just one more nuclear-armed country, especially in the Middle East, could dramatically upset regional and global stability. If Iran builds a bomb, its neighbors will feel pressure to arm themselves. This could potentially spark a disastrous arms race.

More nukes also means more potential for accidents and increased likelihood that terrorists will get their hands on a bomb. They make the world a more dangerous place. A diplomatic solution with Iran will break the cycle of proliferation and promote greater regional stability for years to come.

A multilateral nuclear deal with Iran will mark a historical breakthrough and prove that diplomacy can stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

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A deal with Iran would be a huge victory for diplomacy and proponents for Global Zero. With a diplomatic solution comes unparalleled verification — ensuring that the international community can confirm that Iran holds up its end of the bargain. It can set a new standard for international inspections and provide a model for dealing not just with “tough cases” like North Korea, but all nuclear-armed states or others seeking to build these weapons. It will also prove how much can be achieved when nations come together and act with urgency and resolve to improve global security.

A deal with Iran will make the world safer and pave the way to a world without nuclear weapons. And the deadline is drawing closer — a deal could be announced as early as June 3