JClub Catholic Book Fair: the Pauline solution for Catholic educators who want to provide good Catholic content to their students!

Tolerance: How to Nurture It

Tolerance: How to Nurture It

Our faith teaches us we are all God's children, created in His image, but we don't always treat others that way! It's not easy to accept and respect the "different" people in our lives – and facing the wider challenges of racism, sexism, and other prejudices in our society can be overwhelming.

Kids deal with intolerance, too. Some personally experience bigotry – or their loved ones do. Others observe intolerance on television and in social media or witness it in the adults around them. To children, such behavior might seem acceptable and even expected.

You can help your students understand that God wants us to show respect and kindness to all – even those who are different. Here are some suggestions for fostering a spirit of acceptance in your classroom:

Watch out for your own biases.

          Everybody has them – even teachers. And being a good role model for our students means facing and fighting those personal prejudices. So check in on your expectations occasionally. Maybe some kids are ready for you to challenge them more academically. Maybe you're expecting too much of others. Perhaps you're giving a particular student too many chances on behavioral issues – more than he needs. You might have fallen into a habit of calling on or giving responsibilities to the same few students. Question your assumptions and try something different with your kids. (Hey, they could surprise you!)

Place intolerant behavior in the context of faith.

          Because children don't understand the significance of bigoted behaviors, they may decide it's okay to imitate, encourage, or ignore them. Your students need your guidance to connect faith principles to this real-life issue. Always react to intolerant behaviors and make it clear they are wrong, but use gentle correction. (Remember…many behaviors are learned from family and friends.) Share scripture passages and church teachings about tolerance, and help kids see how they apply to situations in their lives. Stress the idea that God loves us all and wants us to treat each other lovingly.

Celebrate our differences.

          Exposing your students to varied holiday traditions and ethnic foods helps them appreciate differences, but you can go deeper. Teach about the history, art, literature, and beliefs of other cultures. Use media to show contemporary life in other parts of the world – and in diverse areas of our country. Bring in speakers or other guests who are willing to share and talk about their cultures. If your subject matter doesn't lend itself to these kinds of activities, encourage acceptance of "local" differences. (Express equal interest in athletes and mathletes. Attend the activities and events of various groups. Notice something special in every child.) Celebrate differences, but point out similarities, too. Emphasize that people are more alike than they are different.

Use diverse materials.

          Of course, it's a great idea to teach your students about noted historical and contemporary people of different races, genders, religions, nationalities, etc. In addition, using materials that include diverse "ordinary" people can have a positive effect on kids' attitudes about others (and themselves!) Fortunately, educational materials feature greater diversity than they did in the past, but you may still run across content that include stereotypes or other misconceptions. Take advantage of the teachable moments these situations offer you. And don't forget about all the extras in your classroom like bulletin boards, free reading books and magazines, games, and toys. Kids need to see diversity everywhere.

"Make" kids work and play together.

          Some of the value of educational group activities is lost if students always get to choose their own partners for group work. When a teacher puts groups together or uses a random selection process, kids have to work with people they may perceive as "different." (Even minimal differences like bus riders vs. walkers, lunch table assignments, or varied hobbies can seem significant to children.) Required teamwork gives kids a chance to know others better and to see they're not so strange after all. It also shows them how differences can mesh together to accomplish something great. Occasionally mixing it up for games can be effective, too. Having fun together breaks down barriers and builds relationships.

Provide service opportunities.

          Encourage service activities and involve your students in them whenever you can. Of course, service is important because it provides opportunities to show God's love to others. It also has the added benefit of exposing children to people who might seem very different: the elderly, the sick, the needy, the lonely. Serving these "others" helps kids develop empathy and inspires them to see Jesus in everyone.

That kind of faith-based open-heartedness forms a foundation for the respect that lies at the foundation of our society’s moral fiber. Fostering such an attitude in students will affect the climate in your classroom and prepare your kids to tackle intolerance in other parts of their lives.

by Diana Jenkins

After over twenty years as a special education teacher, Diana R. Jenkins became a freelance writer. She has written hundreds of magazine stories, articles, and comic strips for kids and teens. Her books include Goodness Graces! Ten Short Stories about the SacramentsStepping Stones – The Comic Collection, and Spotlight on Saints! A Year of Funny Readers Theatre for Today's Catholic Kids. Her latest book, Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction, is a resource for adults who want to help young teens face modern challenges with a faith perspective. Visit her on the web at www.dianarjenkins.bravehost.com, read her blog at http://djsthoughts-dj.blogspot.com, and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dianajenkins.




Teaching Tips



  • There are many reasons to opt for the replacement of your windows with uPVC.Leaky roofs can lead to cosmetic damage as well as water leakage and draughts.uPVC windows Brighton are a fantastic solution to these seemingly complicated issues.
    5/28/2022 1:03:57 AM Reply
  • If you're looking for information on repairs to sash windows read this article.We'll talk about the most common problems, their costs, and requirements for draught proofing windows made of sash.
    5/28/2022 1:00:22 AM Reply
  • %%
    5/28/2022 12:59:34 AM Reply
  • CBD is a popular supplement that is used to ease depression and anxiety issues.Studies have shown that CBD may be able to fight some diseases.But, it's important to take care when using it.
    5/28/2022 12:59:05 AM Reply
  • Appliances can be purchased at affordable prices on a variety of occasions.Fall is the best time to buy appliances. Manufacturers release new models for the year ahead and consumers are already looking at new models.
    5/28/2022 12:58:31 AM Reply
  • Hemp is a plant family of Cannabis sativa cultivars that is used in a variety of products, from clothing to paper.It is growing at a rapid rate hemp is harvested to make many different products.
    5/28/2022 12:50:13 AM Reply
  • %%
    5/28/2022 12:47:51 AM Reply
  • You've made some really good points there. I checked on the web for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.
    5/28/2022 12:14:25 AM Reply
  • Hey! Do you knokw iif they make any plugins to assist witth Searchh Engine Optimization? I'm trying to get my blog tto rank for some targeted keywords but I'm not seeing very good results. If you knbow of any please share. Kudos!
    5/27/2022 11:57:57 PM Reply
  • %%
    5/27/2022 11:57:43 PM Reply
  • You're spending a lot of money for a sex doll.Some sex toys can last as long as 10 years. However, the typical doll will only last between two and ten years.Keeping your sex doll clean and stored properly will help it last for many years.
    5/27/2022 11:56:48 PM Reply
  • Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?
    5/27/2022 11:55:41 PM Reply
  • Cannabidiol has been shown to decrease anxiety among people who suffer from social phobia according to studies. It inhibited the reward-inducing effects of morphine on rats.
    5/27/2022 11:52:02 PM Reply
  • Hiya! Quick question that's entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?My weblog looks weird when viewing from my iphone. I'm trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to fix this problem.If you have any suggestions, please share. Thank you!
    5/27/2022 11:47:20 PM Reply
  • If you can't afford the expense of replacing your glass, you can save money by learning how to repair your own pieces.Nail polish, Linseed oil, or epoxy glue. However the time required to master the required skills is not inexpensive.
    5/27/2022 11:45:38 PM Reply
Page 1 of 1286 FirstPrevious [1]

Post a Comment