We had a couple readings this week and they were both really interesting. The first one I read was on Racial Tolerance and Anti-Racist transformation. This talked about the two paradigms and it had categories to talk about. Some categories were ‘Assumptions about the sources of racial problems and conflicts’ and ‘working with parents’. They offered ideas and explanations on both Racial Tolerance and Anti-Racist transformation.
The second reading was actually an article. This article really interested me because I truly believe there are positives and negatives to teachers getting their students to strike or preach peace. A couple of positives for teachers getting their classroom time to get into the media would be if a school shooting happened and the teacher gave them the choice to leave the classroom to talk to media. In the United States, whenever a classroom leaves the classroom to pray and show respect for a school shooting or something, it is always broadcasted. This can help unify the county and possibly help mend certain emotions. It could also be a really strong platform for better funding for education. It is hard to ignore a problem if it is affecting the future of your country and if everyone is upset.
It can also be an extremely negative thing. Teachers can use their students to push their own political agenda and there is evidence of this almost weekly. Once again, I am more so talking about the United States because this happens more frequently. There was one event in Toronto that took place in May. A grade 3 classroom went to protest with signs and a papier-mache oil pipeline to protest the pipeline in Western Canada. This bothers me because they are grade 3 students. They do not have the slightest clue what the pro’s and cons are to this pipeline. But due to their teacher having a political agenda, he/she used their students to push it. This is completely unacceptable because this is brainwashing those young children. They should be free to accept the pipeline if they want to. I personally support the pipeline, that is my opinion and I respect yours if it differs from mine. But I am not putting my hard earned money into paying/funding for someone’s political agenda that is pushed in an extremely inappropriate manner.
A continually repeating example of political discrimination is with Trump supporters. I want to make this clear, I do not support Trump, but I support equality and the right to exercise your personal views however you want as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone’s basic rights. For example, within the past week, there were two Jewish women who support Trump was kicked out of a restaurant just because they were wearing Trump supporting clothing. This is political discrimination, I feel like everyone should be able to show their support as long as it isn’t in a disrespectful way. These two girls were refused at the door and they did nothing wrong but wear some clothing.