Discrimination and Intolerable Acts Within the Primary Classroom

1163 Words Jan 13th, 2018 5 Pages
Within primary school settings, discrimination can be particularly devastating, since many of these children are still going through their formative stages of cognitive, social and emotional development. Exposure to discrimination, and in particular to any sort of tolerance of discriminatory practices, can potentially set up these children for a lifetime of unpleasantness in which they propagate such malignant ideas. Subsequently, it is highly important as a pedagogue to actively promote anti-discriminatory practices to encourage equality and tolerance for others, particularly within settings of diversity. One of the principle reasons it is essential to foster anti-discriminatory practices within a primary classroom environment is so the students become aware that the myriad forms of discrimination are not acceptable. Students come from a plethora of socio-economic conditions, and their first teachers are not those in organized classrooms but those who are around them at home. As such, there is no telling what sort of values and mores these students have been taught prior to coming to school. Therefore, it is of immense importance for any educator to make it quite clear that discrimination, prejudicial actions, and any form of racism, sexism,…
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