(Pt. 2) SEL 3C: Social Awareness; Cultures and Respect


(11-12) Evaluate how advocacy for the rights of others contributes to the common good.

Forum Segment 6: Diversity and Conflict Resolution


(K-2) Describe the ways that people are similar and different

(3-5) Define stereotyping, discrimination, and prejudice


Perspective is key, and in the beginning of the year we talked about your lens. You only have one way to view the world, and it's through the lens in which you were raised with based on your race, gender identity, sexual orientation, family, religion, etc...

You can not change your lens, because you will never truly understand the experience of another, no matter how "woke" you claim to be. However, you CAN understand your lens and the privilege it may (or may not) come with. Once you have awareness, you can work against the discrimination, stereotyping, and prejudice that leads to inequities in our society.

So how to handle such a difficult task with kids?

Try not to be afraid. Kids are resilient, and can handle difficult conversations about diversity. They don't know, and are still operating under the guise that they have the right to learn. Help them to point out differences in a way that isn't necessarily different from the majority, but just different in general. Move the lens away from "different than me/us" towards "collective differences between us all".