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Discrimination: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Corrie Boone

Corrie holds master's in elementary education, taught elementary ESL in the public schools for 5 years, and recently was teaching EFL abroad.

Have you, or someone you know, ever been treated differently or badly because of their skin color or religion? This is called discrimination and we're going to talk about why it happens and what you can do about it.

We're All Equal

Unfortunately, discrimination is something that's still happening every single day. Discrimination is when a person or group of people is treated unfairly compared to others. Most commonly, discrimination happens because of one's sex, religion, nationality, ethnicity, race, or another personal characteristic. We're going to talk more about these forms of discrimination and what you can do to help.

We were all created equal.
were all equal

Types of Discrimination

Racism

One of the most common forms of discrimination is when people are treated differently or unfairly because of their race; this is called racism. A person's race is a classification based mainly on what you look like, like skin color (white or black, for example). Racism occurs everywhere: in schools, jobs, the grocery store, at restaurants, and so on. Sometimes people don't even know they're being racist because they don't know any better. But, when you really think about it, is there any logical reason that one person should get better treatment because they have a certain color skin?

Say no to racism!
no to racism

Sexism

Another of the more common types of discrimination is sexism. Sexism is when people are discriminated against because of their gender. It's more common to see females being discriminated against, but it can happen to males, too. This can come in the form of the clothes females are expected to wear, the types of activities a female should enjoy (such as when a female wants to build a robot instead of sewing a shirt), or the same for males (males are often expected to like building robots instead of sewing or cooking). Why should you be expected to do a certain activity just because you are male or female?

Religious Discrimination

Religious discrimination has been an issue all over the world for some time (WWII happened partly because Hitler didn't like Jewish people) but is currently a major issue in America. Religious discrimination is exactly that—treating someone differently or badly because of their religion. In America, we have recently seen some aggressive forms of religious discrimination, such as vandalizing Jewish synagogues and burning Islamic mosques. Should someone be afraid to practice their religion?

Other Forms

Some other forms of discrimination include ableism (discrimination against people with physical and mental disabilities), discrimination against one's political views, and sizeism (discriminating against someone because they are too big or too small, too tall or too short).

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