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>> The approach I took after I realized that student actually said that
>> was, "That is your opinion." And I moved on. I didn't go back and try to
>> convince the student that she was wrong. It would never happen. Her
>> came from home and who am I to disrupt her family's teachings? If we want
>> our students to be tolerant of others, then we need to show what it means
>> be tolerant. The first step is to be tolerant of students' opinions and
>> beliefs. It is very difficult to suck up pride and move on when there is
>> clearly ignorance in the room.
>Perhaps a better approach to take here, without directly challenging the
>student's beliefs and yet allowing the 'ignorance' to show itself, would be
>exactly to pursue the comment by asking the student to explain him/herself.
>Yes, it is true that everyone is entitled to her/his own opinion, HOWEVER
>that does not mean that everyone's opinion is right. Most of the world's
>problems are based on incorrect opinions and fallacious beliefs. They DO
>need to be challenged. This can be done, not by attacking the opinion
>expressed (or, worse, the person expressing it), but by requiring the
>to substantiate, give the reasons behind, her/his statement.
>In this case, the student stated that "Buddhism is devil worship". It is
>simple enough to ask the student in what way is it devil worship. I would
>not be surprised if the student knows absolutely nothing about Buddhism
>except that it is not Christian. Ok, so if the student (or, his/her
>parents) is using the definition that everything that is not Christian is
>devil worship, then start to apply that definition and see where it leads:
>are Jews devil worshippers; how about Muslims, Hindus, Taoists, etc.? Some
>of them don't even HAVE a concept of "devil", so how can they worship it?
>In any case, by doing it this way, you CAN challenge these fallacious
>opinions without directly attacking the student, only the statement. Ask
>the other students for their thoughts; if you have students with different
>belief systems, you may have just allowed this student to insult them and
>done nothing to defend THEIR beliefs.
>Food for thought,