Total acceptance

Mukunda, Kamala (2019) Total acceptance. Learning Curve (5). pp. 39-41. ISSN 2582-1644

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I will begin this article by stating an obvious fact about ourselves: we are constantly concerned about whether we are acceptable to others or not. The word acceptable is actually a bit weak—what we want is to be loved, adored, admired… And the fact of this constant and humming need hits us very hard when we suspect or realise that our peers do not accept us the way we are, faults and all. In the same way, children’s inner lives are not free of this need for unconditional acceptance from quite an early age. They want it most keenly from their peers, yet these same peers are very prone to making alliances that are inclusive and exclusive at the same time, creating us-and-them groups. The lines and divisions tend to shift around considerably, making children feel left-out now and then. In one way, this is good, though it also creates a constant sense of insecurity among them. The exception, however, is the child who stands out in class as being different and who can become a more lasting target of ostracism.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Mukunda, Kamala
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Inclusive education, Child with disability
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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