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Issue 83. Respect August 14, 2016

Posted by Bettina Hansel in Uncategorized.
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I remembered this post when I was reading a New York Times editorial this morning from Nicholas Kristof. “Hate speech from the campaign is poisoning schools and communities.” Maybe some new emphasis on respect could help.

Intercultural Eyes

ORANGE_BOOKOne of my current projects involves looking at language use in the context of describing a school’s goals related to intercultural education. This started with a small case study I was inventing for a workshop, but blossomed into a fledgling research project. “Respect” is a word that comes up frequently as a value to cultivate in the students in both the US and French cases I selected, and it becomes particularly relevant in dealing with differences: cultural, social, economic, intellectual, or physical. Some type of respect can be commanded through fear, and we also say that someone “earns” respect. If we want to improve the way we deal with differences, we are talking more about giving respect, about respecting as an action. It’s absolutely necessary and sometimes surprisingly difficult.

I recently received a message from someone in reaction to a comment I made on another blog. It was a breezy comment, not terribly…

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