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Kelly Witwicki Faddegon

Organizer, Speaker, Graphic Designer, Direct Action Everywhere

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How can we encourage children to start recognizing (and rising above) category boundaries from a young age?

"All conventions are boundaries, waiting to be transcended." (Cloud Atlas)

Perhaps learning from a young age to reject absolutes, to break down boundaries and embrace complications, would dissolve racial discrimination, sexism, sexuality based violence, religious intolerance, and the other social stereotypes and personal limitations created by labels.

I think being able to recognize boxes is the first step to improving our ability to "think outside the box".


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    Mar 19 2013: A child learns to think and reason from family(parents, siblings, grandparents), teachers, caregivers and media (books,television). Creating an environment at home and school that is conducive to recognizing and transcending the boundaries would help. My son's school conducts various events to encourage learning about different cultures. Myself and my husband use every opportunity to introduce my son to different cultures,languages,music and cuisines.

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