A Liberal Outlook: What Parents Can Do To Bring Up Open-Minded Schools

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The polarization of the liberal Democrats and the conservative Republicans in the US has imbued the adjective ‘liberal’ with political and ugly connotations. Before these were watchwords for political affiliations however, liberal meant open-minded and progressive, characteristics that were desirable in people who did not like to constrained and hemmed in by tradition. While respecting people’s desire to be conservative, there is also room for the younger generation to grow up more open-minded than their parents, and here are some ways you can ensure that your kids will be so:

Be Open-Minded

Leading by example is the best way to teach a value. Just as the children of parents who read voraciously also end up being bookworms, children of open-minded and liberal parents also tend to be more accepting and understanding of difference and diversity. All of us have ingrained prejudices and bigoted ideas about something; do not give in to passionate outbursts about these misguided concepts in front of your kids, or if you do, talk about it afterwards and put it into context so that your children will understand that it’s not something they should imitate. If you grew up in a household where racial discrimination was common, you may have some leftover sentiments in your psyche. Address them openly and explain to children that while you try not to, they may jump out during moments when you’re overwhelmed.

Give Them a Proper Education

Being traditional and conservative are 2 very different states of the mind. A person can be very traditional personally, but also liberal and open-minded towards others, whereas conservative people tend to judge others by the same yardstick. Systematic education inculcates many of these respective values in us, so conservative and religious schools are often not the best breeding ground for acceptance of diversity. However if you can afford to send your children to international preschools in Singapore where they will interact with many different nationalities, you will have laid the groundwork already.

Children who attend international preschools will more broad minded and understand that the entire world does not need to be like them. This is the beginning of their liberal mentality.

Let Them Question

Many parents find it difficult to answer questions from children because children have the uncanny ability to point out the very things in our society that are senseless and wrong. Let them question; let them learn. And most of all let them form their own ideas. Guide their thinking, but don’t impose your own ideas on them because truth is a subjective thing that differs from person to person. The best you can do is to show them how to be open-minded. Whether or not they choose to be so is up to them. Click this link http://www.pips.com.sg/preschool-curriculum-education-singapore/ for more information about preschool curriculum Singapore.