Mamma Z gives her thoughts on the difference between the terms Acceptance and Tolerance being used in schools as bully-prevention programs:
"Tolerance in schools" or "Zero-Tolerance campaigns" don't seem to have a very positive connotation attached. Of course, the WAY it's being taught is different and I'm not condemning that at all. However, I think using the term Acceptance would be more beneficial to young children rather than Tolerance because it's positive and not something they're forced to do.
When you really think about the meaning of the words and their synonyms, you'll be able to understand their differences and see why I think the term Tolerance should be changed. Simply put, Acceptance has more positive meanings behind it such as 'welcome', 'favorable', 'receptive', 'receiving'. To tolerate something or someone means to endure, put up with, stomach, deal with... is that what we want to teach our kids?
In my opinion, when anyone is forced to deal with something or someone, there's going to be some resentment attached. If we taught Acceptance early on and on a daily basis, children will learn to be welcoming of other people's differences and not feel like they HAVE to put up with them.
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