We need to teach our students not everyone will agree with them…and that’s ok

Renate Berger
Jul 3, 2016 · 3 min read

I have noticed, more so lately, the divide between Democrats and Republicans. With the looming presidential election with two candidates who have low approval ratings, and the recent #NoBillNoBreak campaign, it seems like Democrats and Republicans have been arguing and disagreeing more than usual lately.

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Disagreements between the two parties is nothing new. The two parties seem to disagree more than they agree. However, the disagreements are moving beyond politicians, and to the general public. Like many millenials, I spend a good amount of time on the internet. Most of the people my age are liberal minded, and I tend to be more conservative or moderate, so I don’t always agree with what they post. Sometimes I have debates with my friends with different views, and it forces me to look at issues from a different perspective. I think it is beneficial to look at issues from different viewpoints.

Not everyone feels the same way. There have been times where those who disagree with my stance on an issue feel the need to belittle me simply because I do not agree with them. My generation seems to have developed a sense of superiority, their view is the correct view and every other view is wrong. Its unhealthy. You cannot go through life expecting that everyone will agree with you. Every person thinks differently, and that is what makes human beings remarkable and unique beings. This world would be a dull place if everyone thought the same way.

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This got me thinking about my future classroom. As a future teacher in the content area of social studies, I know I will have to teach my students about the different political parties and political ideologies. I want my students to understand that they will see and hear things about politics that will not coincide with their personal political views….and when they do, it will not be the end of the world. Their different political views does not give them permission to belittle anyone, or insult anyone. Different views is ok, and looking at things from different views could be beneficial in understanding issues. Imagine if our politicians made an effort to look at issues from the view of their opposing party. Imagine if they learned to compromise. I think it would make for a more efficient government.

It pains me that those who do not believe in the popular opinion feel the need to keep quiet for fear that they will be belittled or insulted. We need to educate students about the importance of understanding differences in beliefs in politics, cultures, religions, etc. We cannot continue to live in a society that is intolerant, and if we, as teachers, do not take the initiative to make this change, it never will.


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