Sometimes it made me think that how we lived our life is not as important as what we are passing to the next generation. It’s like we are at the zebra-crossing, having waited for sometime, the pedestrian go signal is finally beeming green. And we have very litte time before which we should pass on to the next generation a more refined form of lives than we had ours. It’s a great responsibility for it’s impact can be felt even after a thousand years in the hearts and minds of the humans who would exist then.
It feels like it is human nature to be selectively biased toward one side only. Is it then possible to raise an individual who takes a willing interest to listen to both sides of the coin? I am leaving this post open for discussion and inputs. How do you think adults can influence children to get to see both sides?
From the depth of this story that had brought tears in me years ago, there came the force to write about inspiring children to be united at the roots. Whenever time permits or as a daily routine, share with your children inspiring examples that have revolutionized the traditional thinking patterns of humans.
Some words that we use though might seem trivial, can be potentially carrying the seed to generate differences in children unintentionally. One such is the ‘we and they.’
When the child (referred to in post S) was not allowed to play football because the boys considered football to be a boys’ game, or when the friends in the play area ridiculed the boy for the minimal possessions, how should children be encouraged to voice-out their stance?
As they grow, children might have to face many opportunistic forces that can be aimed at fulfilling their own socio, economical, political, religious, cultural agenda. The strong and unbiased perceptions we instill in them in the next few years are the only shields they’ll carry in the future to protect themselves from opportunistic forces.
Let’s foresee ourselves as those progressive set of people who drove the change, who our grandchildren will look up to!
Let’s wake up to the reality that though in subtle forms, discriminations of various forms can exists in urban schools as well. As adults if we could identify if our children or other children are bothered by some kind of unfairness or discrimination in the classrooms, first of all, we can help children to cope with the situation. Second, we can be instrumental in making children practice equality in the school.
Addressing others with disrespect has ingrained so deep in us that we unconsciously address drivers, maids, bus conductors, garbage collectors – that is, domestic workers – on one side, and on the other side, popular figures like artists in the film industry and political leaders disrespectfully at least in their absence. Without further ado, let’s step into the change!
The idea behind these questions is to subtly introduce to children that there can be different people across the world – old, disabled, people of different skin colours, those who were different clothing, and speak different languages. Use these questions as starters to initiate conversations on the topics.