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Education for Harmony

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195693553
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0010
Education for Harmony

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Education enables human beings to develop their capacities so that they can lead fulfilling and dignified lives. From a sociological perspective, schools can help foster a sense of community. However, in an age where even the educated youth are joining suicide squads and indulging in senseless violence, the moot question is whether the education system can be made sensitive to this challenge. This chapter recommends that action is needed in several areas. This includes devising a curriculum that encourages respect for diversity and multiculturalism; addressing problems of shortages of good teachers; providing infrastructure for schools; and opportunities for lifelong learning. The education system can make an enduring contribution to the building of tolerance and mutual respect that can help turn diversity from being a problem to becoming an asset for harmonious living.

Keywords: education; community; youth; curriculum; schools; tolerance; multiculturalism; suicide squads

Chapter.  11665 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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