In this essay I am going to discuss and highlight the various ways in which prejudice and discrimination can be interpreted and experienced by a child/young adult.
So what is discrimination?
Discrimination means telling things apart- knowing the difference between similar things. Discrimination does not mean telling people apart, it is important to realise that people are all different. It means giving people an unequal service or treatment because of their differences. All those who work with children and young people have to be interested in learning about other people. You cannot divide children into children you like and children you do not like. Children and parents must never feel they are being excluded from receiving a good service because they belong to a different race, culture, religion, gender or age group or because of their sexuality or abilities.
Prejudice and discrimination can be experienced in the classroom in many ways such as the colour of a child’s skin, hair colour, if they wear glasses, if they have a disability etc. There are so many ways a child can witness and experience this, this is why it is important to have good working practices in place such as Children Act 1989, Human Rights Act 1998, and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. I remember hating non uniform day at school, my mum was a single parent and we did not own all the new up to date fashionable clothes and I went in my uniform one day saying I had forgot as it seemed better than being picked on for not having the new slipknot hoodie that everyone else had.
In class we watched a video of an experiment that an American teacher carried out in her classroom. She divided the children into two groups, one group was the children who had brown eyes and the other group was the children with blue eyes and she decided that the children with blue eyes would be the better children. They were aloud an extra 5 minutes play, where aloud to go first for lunch and where told that they...