The discrimination It refers to a prejudiced assessment of someone due to some condition of their person, usually associated with the characteristics they have due to their family ancestry in various issues (religion, socioeconomic status, nationality).
Discrimination, however, can be motivated by differences related to the genes and with the appearance of a person’s body, or even according to the sex of the person, or the sexual choice that he developed.
On many occasions, discrimination is considered to be a act that occurs between strangers, and is restricted to the street or the public sphere. The reality, however, indicates that there are many occasions in which scenes of discrimination take place within an intimate nucleus, many times beginning with the same family.
The school, as a formative institution prone to the coexistence of different people, is not exempt from this. On the contrary, school development is the first where a person comes into contact with some who do not constitute his family, but are ‘strangers’.
In this sense, the school acts as the first institution in which one meets people of whom he does not know, and naturally the question of the prejudices made will be decisive.
Not a few say that children are especially cruel or bad in some of their attitudes. Actually, it is preferable to say that they have not built the framework to dimension the implication of the derision or the mistreatment that can be done to the other, they have not oiled the mechanism of imagining themselves in the place of the other.
Child abuse, fighting and tantrums when interacting with each other are common from the earliest moments of childhood, and not all such treatment should be compared and equated with discrimination.
It is at the moment that children are able to understand the differences that among them exist that school discrimination appears. Over the years, it has become common for children to see discrimination as a first reaction to these differences: children who belong to the majority groups have the best of luck and will never be made fun of, while always They want to be included in the group of those who mock.
The school, attentive to the high probability of such phenomena occurring, must take preventive actions. There are also, teachers and even schools that inadvertently reproduce the phenomenon of discrimination towards those belonging to certain minorities, which is later inserted in children and it is very difficult to remove it, producing very strong pain and anguish in the discriminated against, who sometimes do not You have no choice but to change schools.
Examples of school discrimination
The following list includes some examples of episodes considered school discrimination:
- Teasing students who have relevant physical characteristics.
- I despise children who have some kind of disability.
- Abuse of older children to minors.
- Teasing shy children.
- I reject students who have a low socioeconomic situation.
- Teasing children with certain cultural traits. (These last two, in the case of young children, show a strong degree of discrimination within the home)
- Taunts those who are not capable of handling some codes typical of youth at that time.
- Worse treatment of women.
- I reject children with more ability in school.
- Ill-treatment of boys who do not like activities that are considered ‘for men’, or girls who reject activities ‘for women’.