International Day for Tolerance is observed on November 16 as a time to celebrate open-mindedness and listening. Tolerance may be defined as accepting others who are different in their race, culture, habits, and beliefs. Ways to participate in International Day for Tolerance includes reading about different cultures, listening to neighbors with opposing point of views, and participating in events of remembrance or advocacy. There is importance in celebrating this day because it’s educational, brings others together, and reminds us that tolerance is a constant effort.
Tolerance is an important skill to develop, because people will not always agree on things. It's human nature to have differing opinions and thoughts. However, there is a big difference between tolerating different opinions and accepting others' race, culture, habits, and beliefs. It's important to be mindful that acceptance is actually the end goal to creating an inclusive society rather than just tolerance.
Eight Tips to Build Tolerance in Your Life
Resources for teaching and developing tolerance:
How to Teach Your Kid About Tolerance
The Importance of Teaching Tolerance: 9 Ways to Create an Inclusive Classroom
How to Deal With Low Frustration Tolerance
What is Distress Tolerance?
Teaching Social Acceptance in School
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