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2nd Pathway-Instructional Tolerance

I absolutely HATE the name of the 2nd pathway:

Tolerance, as defined by Wikipedia is “Tolerance or toleration is a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.”

As defined by Wiktionary, the first definition is the ability to endure pain or hardship; endurance. The second definition is similar to Wikipedia’s.

However, if you compare the definitions to ours (found on our website here), I’m not seeing where “tolerance” is the best choice of naming that kind of support.

Instructional Tolerance: Supports a learning environment where active, engaged learners routinely choose from a variety of learning spaces, collaborative and individual activities, and technology tools, including their own personal devices; values students having opportunities to learn best practices essential to entering contemporary learning and work environments and enables students to sustain an open mindset and skillset in the use of evolving technology tools.

Our definition talks about learning environment.¬† In my ideal learning environment, I am not tolerated–I am accepted, honored, pushed, supported, questioned, defended, and lots of other things–but I hope simply being tolerated is not one of them.

In our definition, we talk about choice, collaboration, open mindsets and valuing students. That, to me, doesn’t say tolerance. How are we valuing someone if we simply tolerate them?

But, beyond the fact I think it’s misnamed, I certainly buy into our definition, especially the open mindset and active, engaged learners.

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