topic four – in the community
teacher's notes - general approach
This topic contains two case studies of real incidents which took
place. These are illustrative of others you may want to provide
from your own sources. The experiences of members of your class
could also be used if you know there are those among them who would
be willing to share. The questions asked on the worksheet would
be equally applicable to these.
It is important for the health of any society that people learn
to find healing for the hurt done to them so that it does not fester
and become hate. This is especially true of societies where people
from different cultures and religions or race are living together
in communities. Misunderstandings and ignorance of others' customs
can cause unnecessary hurt.
This topic explores the inner qualities we can draw on to find
healing within ourselves and thereby affect the communities in which
An honest and open relationship can often be the key to overcoming
misunderstandings and ignorance. You may wish to discuss the significance
of the following statement as it applies to the kind of honesty
it will take:
"Honesty without love is cruelty.
Love without honesty is sentimentality."
This question of being hurt is a difficult area to look at and
yet so many breakdowns of relationships stem from unhealed hurts
both individually and between communities.
strategy - task one
Divide the class into groups and give each person worksheet
6 page 22 and the case studies on page 24 Feeling
hurt or others you have found. Use the case studies as a basis
for discussion, recording their findings as answers to questions
When this is complete one person from each group should report
back to the whole class. Having thus identified ways hurt is inflicted
and suffered, a discussion could bring heightened awareness and
increased sensitivity towards others which they can help each other
to put into practice.
Questions 4-6 would be best answered individually after this discussion
has taken place.
On worksheet 7 page 23 we have compared
physical injury with the injury to feelings. Some suggestions have
been made but there are spaces to be filled in individually as a
result of discussion in pairs or small groups.
The follow-up of this exercise could be to look at local or national
newspapers to see if the class can find evidence of things happening
within communities or between individuals which stem from unhealed
injury to people's inner feelings.
In view of the need they see, they might like to consider what
they are willing to do themselves within their own families, school
and/or community to help heal the divisions caused so that they
can become part of the cure in society as a whole.