The Classroom as a Tolerance Lab<sup>1</sup>

Dr Lorenzo Zucca

in A Secular Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592784
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191738906 | DOI:
The Classroom as a Tolerance Lab1

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Education is one of the main battlegrounds between religious and non-religious people. There are three major sets of challenges: the challenge from religious symbols in the classroom, the challenge from religious syllabuses in schools, and the challenge from students’ selection at the entrance. This chapter proposes a model to deal with these issues called ‘Classroom as a Tolerance Lab’, and which is distinguished from more conventional constitutional strategies of fitting diversity such as integration and accommodation. The Tolerance Lab promotes social cohesion by creating actual spaces where mutual understanding between religious and non-religious people is possible.

Keywords: symbols; syllabus; system; tolerance; cohesion

Chapter.  9244 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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