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.
Respect: Fostering equality in how we address others
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!
Quiz: 7 food for thought to get children introduced to equality and diversity
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.
The Fall of Patriarchy
The fall of patriarchy is not about reformation of men alone; it’s a reformation of the society as a whole. Patriarchy is not only about men feeling superior to women; it’s also about a woman feeling less powerful than a man. This is the perspective with a difference this post aims to bring into the lives of our children.
If we spent time to contemplate on oneness, inequalities within us will have no other go but disappear. It might indeed sound abstract to us who have been introduced to multiple versions of oneness. However, from a young age if we tread our children in the path of unity and oneness, that’s the best any generation can do to their legacy.
Normalize: What to and what not to?
Not many of us even identify things that we have ‘made’ normal. Normalizing is the act of ‘making things normal’ that are actually not ‘normal’. On the other side, it’s time we make certain things normal that are yet considered a taboo. Let’s talk about a handful of things in this post, that we shall aim not to normalize or better normalize for the younger generation.
Media: The power in books & screens to nurture social equality in children
Adults have a far greater responsibility today in curating the media content that children are exposed to. Let’s talk about it in the context of social equality!
Show children to Light-up somebody’s day!
Simply smile at a super market employer. Strike a casual conversation with the lady who sweeps the roads. Ask your driver if his children are fine. Show children what it feels to care for people around irrespective of the job they do or the status they carry. It can be a minute step when compared to the king size inequalities around. But every little step to dissolve the differences is a giant leap toward social equality.
Karma: Understanding our role in Social Karma
There is something we can call as social karma that we are contributing to and getting influenced by! So what we all collectively contribute to the society comes back as influences upon our children. And according to the laws of evolution, the stronger influences have stronger impacts on the next generations.
Judgements: Striving toward a less judgmental society
Let’s travel through this post into that side of our personality that makes strong judgements, opinions and criticisms of things around that are going to influence the children who see and hear those.