Being An Aid For Learning More About Various Cultures And Groups Of People

2047 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 9 Pages
treated as an aid for learning more about various cultures and groups of people, studying religious holidays can offer understanding and respect for the different students that make up a multicultural classroom. If we never teach our students about other people and how they believe, our students will grow up ignorant and have a very slim worldview of what they believe to be completely correct. We need to open their eyes to the gray area and refuse for future generations to have hate fueled by ignorance of others. It is not enough to simply say that we accept others as they are, but rather it is important to make an attempt to understand them. Finally, the rights of the educator within the classroom come last. It is important and advantageous to put the students’ and school district’s requirements above your own as an educator in order to function effectively. However, it is important that you do not wave your own personal religious rights either. In a supreme court case in 1969 between Tinker and Des Moines School District, Justice Abe Fortas said: “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. This has been the unmistakable holding of this Court for almost 50 years.” Teaching is such a selfless job and it is important that we do not attempt to indoctrinate our students with the beliefs and religion that we personally see best. Some of my greatest influences were my…

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