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Should Human Prejudice be explored in schools?

Should Human Prejudice be explored in schools?

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our education systems right, to ensure (without exception) that our diverse young people feel welcomed, included, represented and inspired to learn.

In 2010 I devised a whole school topic, called ‘Our Heritage’, to launch the school year within the primary school I worked in. This afforded the whole school community a rich opportunity to explore their authentic identities. All subjects were taught via the topic, from nursery to year six. During the first phase of the topic pupils gathered, presented and disseminated information about their unique lives, values, beliefs (whether faith based or non-faith based) heritage and how they perceived their own personality, having been prepped to do so prior to the summer break. The resulting podcasts, displays, autobiographies, family trees, geography, cultural, historical and faith studies empowered our young people with a keen sense of pride in their authentic identity, not only enabling them to more confidently learn and socialise, but also to resist some of the increasingly dangerous forces that seek to embroil some of our more vulnerable young people into substance abuse, gang lives or terrorism.

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