Religious Tolerance at School Separation Between Religion and State




The highest result of education is tolerance. (Helen Keller)

We live in one of the most diverse countries in the world. There are so many different religions, ethnicities, customs, etc. that it can become confusing to children and young adults. In our history and even today, our society struggles with tolerating people that look different than us and believe in different things. The goal of this game is to educate students about different belief systems - monotheistic, polytheistic, and atheism. After building a basis of each belief, students will enter a dilemma in which one of their classmates refused to recite the pledge of allegiance. To teach tolerance, the teacher decided to open up a class  discussion so that each pupil can voice their opinions based on their personal and religious beliefs. The objective is to promote tolerance inside and outside of the classroom and to decrease indifference in everyday situations.


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Classes: 8th Grade - 11th Grade
Contributors : Julia Weiner

Prerequisites

Class will log in a few days before the curtain goes up so the students can use the attached resources to step into the shoes of their character.


Get to know the characters


Frankie

Growing up in a Christian household, you went to Sunday mass every week and volunteered with your older sister in the church a few times a year. When you got to high school, you joined the football team and debate team. As a result you don't have the time to go to mass as often.

Kyle

When you were younger, you had a difficult time fitting in because there weren't any other atheists in your class. On days that you would come home with a frown on your face, your mom always said the same thing, "be good to your fellow man, and love each other as life itself." 

Rachel

You grew up in a Reform Jewish home. Your mom always taught you about tikkun olam (Hebrew for "repair the world"), a Jewish concept that is defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. 

 

Sobia

You grew up in a traditional Muslim home. You are proud of your religion but sometimes you think it is the reason for others' prejudgment.

Jun

Born in China, you moved to Manhattan with your family at the age of 3. Your parents have always encouraged you to assimilate to American culture but to always keep Buddhism in your heart.


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