Equity in Education 2016
Classical artwork, images of families celebrating a religious holiday over a shared meal, and diverse communities uniting in prayer and pilgrimage are the images which tell the stories of other major religions. But an impoverished Indian woman collecting trash and a priest looking away angrily are the images used to teach about Hinduism.
Demand Equity for Hinduism and India
Hinduism and Indian history are taught to 6th and 7th graders in an outdated, inaccurate, and stereotyped manner. The teachings and histories of other religions are highlighted positively. Hindu teachings, however, are oversimplified and inaccurate. Gender bias, subjugation, and discrimination are ONLY conflated with Hinduism, in spite of their presence in every religion’s history. And Hinduism’s pluralistic ethos, concept of spiritual unity of everyone and everything, and contributions of women are ignored. Textbooks need to be equitable and inclusive, and reflect academically sound content about Hinduism and India.
Protect Children From Bullying
Textbooks that portray all groups accurately and equitably help prevent children from being bullied based on their heritage or background. Accurate and culturally competent textbooks and educational materials are also critical tools for our children’s success in an increasingly globalized and diverse society.