Prejudice is Not Just About Race

November 14, 2011

If you want your children to achieve their full potential, help them eliminate all forms of prejudice from their hearts and minds.

In the words of one great educator, Daniel Jordan, prejudice is “the emotional attachment to false information.” It can come in many forms—prejudice against those from another race, religion or economic class. Discrimination against women. Bitching about men. Close-mindedness to new ideas… The list goes on and on.

So how do we help our children eliminate prejudice?

  1. Notice when we or our children make a blanket statement about a group of people or reject a new idea.
  2. Gently suggest to ourselves and our children that we look at that statement honestly.
  3. Focus on the positive traits of that group of people or that new idea.
  4. Imagine what we would say or do if our minds and hearts were completely free of prejudice.
  5. Act as if it had all been accomplished.
  6. Reflect on how this change in attitude affects our interactions with people and ideas.

Can you imagine what this world would be like if all children were trained to choose open-mindedness instead of prejudice? Can you imagine what potential they would be able to develop within themselves?

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