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When Jeremy Fischer wanted his high school to teach peace studies, he learned that the only way to achieve his goal was to be persistent and to help others understand why peace was important. This excerpt from Fischer's writings to build support for the course was quoted by Colman McCarthy, founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace, in an article he wrote about the student's quest, which was ultimately successful:

"Violence is not only physically attacking others but is also leaving the poor unassisted, allowing racism to flourish, and imprisoning those who are most in need of assistance. Pacifism does not seek merely to end all violent international conflicts. It seeks to transform our everyday world into a compassionate family, void of racism, hatred, violence and misunderstanding."

"Peace Studies:
One Student's Victory"
The Washington Post
September 28, 1999

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