Teaching Diversity – Successful Antidiscrimination and Inclusion in Schools
Μany colors Οne idea
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Many Colors – One Idea
Discrimination is seldom a topic of discussion in schools, despite its relevance to educational policy. Though the presence of discrimination is often nonobvious, its existence is undeniable – during instruction, during breaks, outside of the school setting, and on the internet. Surveys conducted at our school reveal that a student may be discriminated for tabooed reasons: for being gay or lesbian, for living in poverty, or for belonging to a religious minority.
An understanding of “otherness” must be addressed as an essential topic in classroom. Furthermore, the principle of inclusion should be considered more than didactic. It is the key to creating a more respectful and tolerant society.