Discriminative activity based on gender, race, caste, color, or creed is an ideology we’ve been fighting for ages now. But even then, it persists; however, the more devastating fact is its existence in school across the world.
One can try understanding these types of feelings to reside in those who are uneducated. The narrower outlook towards equality is not aloof in the schools and colleges, and this is not something existent only in certain parts of the world but everywhere.
In the USA, segregation on ethnicity seems not to go away; recent research conducted by the Department of Education showed that; white students are likely to hang out with whites and ignore the African-American and Latino students. Asian children to are subjected to such segregation. With the American society appearing very tolerant through all media, the fact remains that it’s not like that at all.
Over in India, discrimination based on sex and wealth has been very dominant. Students at the college level are also very conscious of whom they hang out with, and they judge each other based on how wealthy they are. The poor are ill-treated, while the rich boss over like there’s no tomorrow. This is not prominent amongst students only; faculty members also deliberately humiliate the poor. This is an issue going deep into humanity’s roots; it’s not even concerned with history or religion anymore.
The UK ethnic minority students still face inequality; the Pakistani students are less likely to be offered a place at a university than their white peers, ditto for Black African students. Other than the bias on ethnicity, religious bias is too prominently existent. With Muslim girls being clearly identified by their hijaab, they aren’t treated the same, and looked down upon, or made to feel uncomfortable. Religious attacks like these are commonly found in schools and campuses in the UK and reside in the USA, India, UAE, etc.
Schools in China also face regional favoritism. This Regionalism is against a specific regional group based on their places of origin, provinces, states, and residential zones. Students are not allowed to transfer schools to another region; they are not acceptable. This is also a cause of hindrance to their educational development. Students have to score higher to get into a good university if residing in a particular province, while students elsewhere wouldn’t have to struggle as hard.
The fact that these acts of partiality exist at a place where educating is taking place is bizarre. What is the point of sending children to schools if basic tolerance and acceptance aren’t taught? Just because it’s not part of the syllabus and doesn’t take up a chapter in the textbooks doesn’t mean these morals are not expressed in the classrooms.
Educational institutes should hold responsibility beyond basic education and students that are scoring high percentages. Experiences of discrimination can affect the students beyond their school life. They can be a great cause of aggressive behavior and hatred, which will only prolong these phenomena. Education has to mean if the world’s future is getting straight A’s in academia but are failures as members of society.