Fostering Religious Tolerance in Schools
As part of our mission to understand and promote religious tolerance through innovative education, Boniuk Institute has partnered with Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston, Texas to pilot the Religious Literacy and Tolerance Club. The goal of this organization is for students to learn and explore the tenets of diverse belief systems and how they can be more tolerant of others as a necessary civic skill.
Club members engage in the academic (non-devotional) study of religion, and all content is aligned to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. Each major tradition is provided equal time.
The Club recruited and launched during the fall 2019 academic semester with 25-30 students participating over their lunch break twice a month. In the interactive sessions, students explore religious topics and themes by utilizing the Boniuk Institute Guide for Respecting Differences in Religions & Worldviewsand associated activities. Through this innovative method, the Religious Literacy and Tolerance Club promotes respect for people of all religions and no religions. You can preview of HSPVA's Religious Literacy and Tolerance Club below.
The Boniuk Institute Guide for Respecting Differences in Religions & Worldviewsis now available below in various formats including brochures, bookmarks, posters, slides and a teacher reference. All versions are provided for use in the public domain through the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 4.0 and are available for non-commercial sharing and adaptation.
Classroom Materials for Respecting Differences in Religions & Worldviews:
These materials are print ready, however, when you do print them, here are some tips and recommendations with regards to size:
Posters - print on 28# paper, if available. Paper size 18x24, optimal. Laminate 5mil, for durability.
Tri-fold Brochure - print on 12x18 paper, if available. Cut to 8.5x11 and fold into thirds.
Teacher Desk Reference - Print on letter-sized paper. Laminate 10mil, for durability.
Bookmarks - Print double-sided on 100# matte cardstock. Cut to 2.5x5.5.