Education System and Intolerance
Dalai Lama in his speech on “Relevance of Universal Ethics for the With growing cases of unrest in school, it becomes necessary that we If such is the case, then education should be transformed in such a way We live in a world with 4200 religions. It will become a pathetic place If you have questions in your mind regarding this subject, then feel #unisedinternational
Modern Age” at Tumkur University in Tumakuru held current Education System
responsible for growing intolerance in students. He said that the existing
education system given by the British is inadequate to address the present
religious intolerance. An education system which teaches respect towards other
religions and faiths, and promotes brotherhood among the people of different
faiths can bring peace in society.
should discuss this issue and find a solution for it. Nazma Erum, in her book
“Mothering a Muslim”, writes about intolerance being faced by kids in Delhi.
She continues to write that a mother in Bengaluru banned her young son from
playing video games after she overheard his friend congratulating him with an
“Ayan, you are a pro at bombing your way out!” “But everyone is playing them,
Amma,” he complained. “You are not everyone; I don’t want to hear your name and
bomb and guns in the same sentence again,” she said sternly, masking her fear.
that these thoughts don’t get the soil to breed on. We’ll now discuss five
essential means by which tolerance can be taught to kids.
note of cultures and identities represented in your classroom materials,
books, pictures and classroom decor. You could even invite a friend to
come by and make a few observations about what they see. You see a great
representation of different ethnicities in your picture books, for
example, but don’t have any stories featuring various protagonists who
recommend exposure to diverse texts: enabling texts, minority protagonists
and bilingual books,” says Charesha Barrett of CHARP Education Consulting. Create assignments and
tasks which help them explore the goodness in each other’s culture. There
are free resources and webinars available online for Teachers to gain
capacity in this area. Similar training can be given to students.
Diwali, Id, Christmas and Independence Day are great occasions to set your
students free. Organise carnivals, events and competitions on such days
and ensure that most students participate in it. This will help them
interact with each other and celebrate each other’s culture. After
celebrating diversity is all that we care.
it’s not the students but parents who are confused and afraid. Many biases
begin in assumption. If there are disputed thoughts at home then no matter
how hard you may try but results are always going to counterpart. It
becomes necessary to listen and pay attention to such opinions from
parents and students. Hearing can solve most of the problem. If you feel
that someone is in distress of adapting to different culture, then listen
to his problems and counsel him.
hear teachers commenting, “Your name is too tough to pronounce”, “Why do
people like you are so loud”, “This is what your culture teaches you”. And
then he laughs out or passes a comment on it, and we can see the whole
class mocking at the child. But we forget to acknowledge that these comments
are racist. If the teacher continues to show intolerance and can’t respect
someone’s name and culture, then how can you expect students to be
intolerant, especially when we know that young minds learn most from their
surroundings. So learn to model intolerance yourself.
if there is unrest even in two communities. It’s better to teach kids from
grass root level that diversity is the key. When there are headlines of
criminal cases and the situation of unrest in society, and you see intolerance
and discrimination growing, talk about it. These are not taboo topics. Break
the stereotypes and promote open discussions over such grieve topics.
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Dalai Lama in his speech on “Relevance of Universal Ethics for the
With growing cases of unrest in school, it becomes necessary that we
If such is the case, then education should be transformed in such a way
We live in a world with 4200 religions. It will become a pathetic place
If you have questions in your mind regarding this subject, then feel