The conflict between generations is not something that only happens today. All generations, at some point, come into conflict with what was considered normal in an earlier era. That is how humanity advances. And today we are witnessing not only a conflict between generations, but a total overhaul of our behavior as a society with regard to various types of prejudice that were previously considered normal.
Nowadays this is a fundamental issue in the education of children and also in schools. The education without prejudices . Undoubtedly, it is a great advance for society, but how to make it work? It is the question that we will try to answer throughout today’s text.
It all starts at home
Education, in general, is something that starts at home. The child learns from the example of the parents and it is important to know this because it is on this basis that our children will enter the first choices and have their first social interactions.
As much as we do not want to pass on some prejudiced thinking to them, we have to be careful that our attitudes towards children do not show this in any way, even without meaning to.
And it is not just the actions you take, but it is also important to know who your child’s TV shows are watching and which internet sites they are allowed to access. Remember that the child is affected and influenced by several factors in addition to the education given by the parents. But this is something that you can control.
This learning is constant, both for the parents and the child and, over time, it will certainly become easier to explain and the child will understand the importance of an education without prejudice. But don’t forget: it all starts at home.
Parents and Teachers Partnership
And from home, education inevitably arrives at school. Although the child arrives with a certain educational background from home, the teacher does have a great responsibility to provide an education without prejudice and make the child understand the importance of this. Often this work is not done in a way that the child consciously understands and the partnership between parents and teachers is essential for this to work.
It could not be different, since the education that the child receives at home and that he receives at school, complement each other . She learns things at home and takes them to the school environment and the opposite also happens. A child is influenced by several external factors, as we have already mentioned, and the combination of this coexistence with the education given by the figures that he considers examples, are important for this development.
Challenges for Parents
The main challenge for parents is to deal with the information and forms of prejudice that children will encounter in the world, whether at school or elsewhere. Various types of prejudice exist in our society and, at one time or another, your child will encounter some of them.
It is not recommended to ignore or pretend that they do not happen. The best thing to do is talk and show your child the bad sides of the world and why the prejudiced person’s view is wrong. Of course, it is necessary to be gentle in approach, but no one better than you to know the best way to talk to your child.
Challenges for Teachers
Teachers deal with diversity every day in their work and have the task of making all children feel at the same level of attention and importance within the class, regardless of color, social class, religion or family origin.
Creating this egalitarian environment is indeed a challenge, since many of the children will not arrive at school with that thought, but this is also something that must be evaluated and that must be in the plan of tasks of a teacher or a teacher: Prevent that there are prejudices among children.
It is obviously not an easy task and one that requires something that goes far beyond the simple education that most expect from basic teachers, but that is exactly the challenge that needs to be overcome.
Mistakes We Make
As much as the intentions are the best possible, both parents and teachers will eventually end up making some kind of slip. Of course, we are not talking about something prejudiced here, but letting go of some detail about the equality discourse, which, as we have already said, has everything to do with the conflict between generations.
The elders were raised many times with the discourse that certain things are normal, but they shouldn’t be. And when a parent or teacher starts to think that some kind of veiled prejudice is normal, it does not mean that he is being condescending, but it is extremely important to recognize this error and, especially, to pass on to the children that it was a mistake. Remember that children learn much more by example than by what you say, so it is important to set the best example possible for your children or students.
Other slips of ours may be related to certain permissions, such as inappropriate programs or access to sites that may contain jokes or information that interfere with an education without prejudice.
Despite these slips that happen sometimes, you should be prepared to talk to your child and, depending on your age, start explaining the importance of equality and why prejudice is so harmful in society. It is not something that happens quickly, but as the child grows up, he will understand.
An education without prejudice means an education that aims at a better world for the future. Whether you are a parent or a teacher, this task is yours. And it is not an easy task, since we are also liable to make mistakes at the same time that we need to set the best example for our children.
But it is important to recognize your mistakes and also learn from them. Undoubtedly, with this kind of attitude, the next generation will have a much more open mind and one that accepts differences much more. And so we move forward as a society and as human beings, learning that, deep down, we are all the same .
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.