ERIC Number: ED404210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Tolerance. International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century.
This paper explores the issue of tolerance and its important place in education. The consequences of an unchecked growth of intolerance, fostered by indifference, in the form of an increase in violent conflict, promises to be not only unpleasant locally, but possibly catastrophic on a world scale, when interdependent social and economic structures and environmental consequences are taken into account. Focusing on education for tolerance is one way to achieve the goal of a tolerant world order. This paper refers to tolerance in a "strong" or clear and active sense, in contrast to the imprecise and ambivalent "weak" colloquial use of tolerance effectively as an apology for indifference. In an actively reciprocal tolerant order, it is not easy in practice to know where to draw the line between the acceptable and the unacceptable. Tolerance means acceptance of difference, yet there are limits to tolerance itself. This paper identifies three key educational challenges to learning and teaching tolerance: (1) defining the educational task; (2) establishing a knowledge base for educating for tolerance; and (3) overcoming identifiable obstacles and barriers that exist to the learning and teaching of tolerance. The paper identifies educational responses including system-wide school policies concerning tolerance, pre-school and early childhood learning, school level policies, organization, and management, curriculum-wide approaches, specific courses of study, and other areas of school and community life. Other possibilities discussed are adult and continuing nonformal education, monitoring and assessing education for tolerance, and supporting teachers. Policy implications are discussed. Contains 26 references. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).