Re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]
Originally Posted by Somerville
"Teaching" tolerance means instructing students as to acceptable behaviour. One could see your response as "Wait until something bad happens and then punish the perpetrator(s)." That is a bit of locking the stables after the horses have run away. It is far better to explain acceptable behaviour before bad things happen. If a student's beliefs cause them to reject friendship with another student who is seen as 'unclean' - fine, but those beliefs should not be allowed to cause physical or emotional harm to the other student. Tolerance should be seen as accepting the existence of others, particularly LGBT, nothing more.
Those of one group don't have to like those others but they at the same time cannot be allowed to harm the others. Sometimes this must be taught to students, particularly when they are hearing bigotry and prejudice at home
Of course, that is what student/parent handbooks are for. They outline appropriate behavior. The children take these home to their parents, and the parents sign an agreement stating that they discussed proper behavior with their child/children. Of course, on the first day of school, going over the rules and such other things is completely acceptable, so that should be taken care of then.