At Arnold, we celebrate our rich diversity in a wide variety of ways and our teachers have been talking with students about being sensitive and accepting of differences. By celebrating each child’s unique experience while finding similarities amongst us all, we can continue to help develop our student’s humanity and respect for diversity. It is important to pay attention to the cultural experiences of others in helping students develop a strong sense of self. By acknowledging differences and integrating cultural references from students’ backgrounds into the curriculum, this can help to foster positive identity and individual connection with content. Here are some things we’ve been talking about at school which you can also discuss at home:
- Words can hurt and have a lasting impact
- Once you say something, you can never take it back.
- Stop and think before speaking
- “Different” and “weird” do not mean the same thing
- People talk different/accents, look different, eat different things, have different religions, different home/family situations.
- Be sensitive and celebrate differences. No one is better than anyone else!
- Teasing someone for being different is never ok.
- Racial slurs, religious slurs, other hurtful words are mean, and can hurt a person for a long time after they are said.
- Be thoughtful and kind before speaking.
- Telling a joke that uses a racial slur or something else is not funny.
- Never laugh at anyone else’s expense. How would you feel if someone did that to you? Any humor that makes fun of someone else is not ok.
- How would you feel if someone made a joke about you (like the color of your hair or something else)?
- Standing up when others say/do mean things. Be an UPSTANDER, not a bystander. o If you see something that is not ok, speak up and tell that person!
- Stress that students need to look out for other students!
- Be accepting (or at least tolerant) of other’s experiences: Income discrepancies, variety of family settings: single parent, live with relative, two moms/two dads, etc., death of family members, gender identification sensitivity.