Increased education in schools to address prejudice

We need to try to get people to reach out to schools and educate young people to increase understanding, as ignorance and fear breed intolerance. This is particularly true around religious issues. We need to get different communities involved in explaining things, for example with visits to different places of worship.

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This is important as it will tackle divisions in communities, making them stronger and preventing conflict.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 04:20PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 02, 2015 at 14:52

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Midlothian Planning Event:

    Increased education in schools to address prejudice and equal education for all

    ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ should support religious education in schools; there is a legal requirement on religious worship, and curriculum dictates religious, philosophical and moral education. All teachers are trained to the same standard.

    It is crucial to have equal access to good quality education. There are massive disparities in recruitment of staff e.g. in rural areas. Incentives are not having enough of an effect in getting people there. Difficulty of getting people to move to rural areas then speaks to rural access to services. There can also be differences in living standards, e.g. in terms of cost of living in Aberdeen.

    There was a discussion about fee-paying schools and the differences in advantage this can produce. The groups disagreed on the importance of this issue in Scotland and on whether it really had an effect on university admission and life chances; university shouldn’t be the only metric of success and other things should be valued, along with parents having the right to choose what is best for their child.

    This is important as access to good quality education determines so much in terms of life chances and opportunities.
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 04, 2015 at 14:46

    Further point from Fairer Scotland Midlothian Planning Event:

    What isn’t happening is education for people outside the school system e.g. adults and how you promote education beyond the school system.

    One participant commented that the media is hell-bent on promoting Islamophobia. Another participant commented that this was not as much of an issue in Scotland, the main issue we still face is sectarianism.

    Parents currently have the choice in terms of whether they send their children to religious schools; there was a debate on what that choice does to equality as participants were unclear as to whether this was unfair or personal choice.

    The choice is about whether we can afford (from an equality perspective) to have different religious schools which might promote difference in our school system. Things become more unbalanced if people do not mix.
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 15:12

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    For people with learning disabilities, education should be inclusive and there shouldn’t have to be separate schools, and schools should be properly inclusive. This needs to start young. If a whole entire country wasn’t prejudiced then the rest would fall into place. People want things to change but they don’t want to spend money; needs money behind it.

    Stigma - in general, LGBT, disabilities, a lot of emphasis goes on working with them, but you need to think about the rest of the world as well. Now we need to put work into what the rest of society think about groups. Shift towards that. Starts from schools up; but also a top down approach. Schizophrenia - politicians were clueless and the discussion was limp. Through that we could employ people with lived experience; that’s how we change culture in organisations. Can’t reduce stigma until we change the culture.
    Literacy - huge gap in this. Can’t get involved in the process. Also those with learning disabilities. Need to think about how we do this, go to the places they go and use the communications methods that suit them.
    Huge gap for ethnic minorities on other languages and understanding. Mental health provision- ethnic minorities communities suffer, add another layer of problems- issues around inter sectionality.

    This is important as education can help promote an inclusive culture and if we changed this many other things would fall into place.
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