How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance - the one value that is indispensable in creating community.
~ Barbara Jordan
I am deeply disturbed by some of the forum posts I see on some of the homschooling forums I frequent (not Secular Homeschooling). There are ignorant, intolerant, racist, bigoted people that post things that I cannot even believe people think, let alone believe are okay to post. I am starting to understand why non-homeschoolers have a bad taste in their mouth's for homeschooling.
I am starting to think that when people say homschool kids are unsocialized they mean they are unable to socialize with mainstream children because their belief system is drastically different and they believe it is okay to spout off their nonsense to anyone that passes by. I think public school kids at least know they should hide their intolerance and bigotry a little better!
So how am I going to combat this in my own home:
1. Talk about how people are different and that diversity is a good.
2. Have them learn about different religions, cultures, lifestyles.
3. Travel to other countries
4. Discuss intolerance and the problems it creates in society and in the history of the world.
6. Have a wide variety of friends and acquaintances.
This will be my one true test as a parent. If my children are not tolerant and kind than I have FAILED as a parent.
Quote found at betterworld.net