One World: Teaching Tolerance and Participation

One World: Teaching Tolerance and Participation

One World: Teaching Tolerance and Participation

One World: Teaching Tolerance and Participation


One World offers educators a practical curriculum for teaching tolerance and conflict resolution. Fifty hands on activities help students understand how personal values are formed; how misperceptions affect relationships; and how they can communicate effectively. Lessons on decision-making, creative thinking, and conflict management give them the practical skills that foster tolerance. Each lesson plan contains learning objectives, background information, materials needed, activities, activity or resource sheets, discussion questions, and teacher tips.


The 20th century was one of dramatic change. It saw world wars, genocides, and the rise of radical ideologies based on hate. the world witnessed the appalling results of intolerance. in the last years of the 20th century, globalization changed the economic and demographic structure of the planet. National borders meant little for businesses and industries that expanded their markets and moved jobs to foreign nations. Improved communication and transportation resulted in the easy movement of people, and cities and nations became more ethnically diverse.

Our children have inherited a world in which tolerance is vital. Unfortunately, our traditional education system does not adequately prepare our children for the world they will inherit. While schools teach the academic subjects our children need to succeed, they do not teach them the practical life skills vital for living in the 21st century. in an era of globalization, children face an increasingly diverse world where radical ideologies based on hate threaten civilization. They need to understand the value of tolerance and must learn how to work together in an atmosphere of tolerance to achieve personal and societal goals.

One World offers a series of over 60 lesson plans that help students develop these skills. Students come to understand the meaning of tolerance and identify the factors that underlie tolerant behavior. For many, this will be an eye-opening experience, because teenagers often view tolerance as the appropriate behavior in dealing with people of very different backgrounds. They rarely think that they must be tolerant of their teachers, parents, or themselves! Students will also come to see that people, regardless of their background, share basic goals and concerns, and that understanding these is important for their own success and that of their community and society.

One World also teaches 21st century students how to think creatively, how to make thoughtful decisions, how to listen, and how to communicate their ideas effectively. These are skills they can apply to all aspects of their lives. in a world that is rapidly changing, they will need these skills to meet the challenges of economic globalization and to participate fully in their communities. Just as importantly, they will need these skills to create and maintain a tolerant society

Finally, One World teaches students the importance of participation. If they are to better themselves and their society, they must become involved in the key issues around them. They cannot be passive recipients of what their society and political order offer; instead, they have to actively work to change their world for the betterment of all. Teenagers often think that they are powerless to effect change, but in a series of lessons designed to consolidate the skills they have learned during the course, students will see that they can make a difference.

The lesson plans

One World is an activity-based curriculum in which students work together, using real-life situations to uncover and understand the basic principles of tolerance and to develop the life skills they need for the future. the lesson plans are based on the following principles:

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