The PYP recognises that knowledge, concepts and skills alone do not make an internationally minded person. There needs to be an emphasis on the development of personal attitudes towards people, the environment and towards learning itself. The PYP is a values-laden curriculum and empathy, tolerance and respect are among the attitudes that are essential elements in the programme.
This is how the IB defines these attitudes in Making the PYP Happen:
Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of othersTolerance:
Being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.Respect:
Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.
The IB Learner Profile is how students demonstrate these attitudes and show their international mindedness. Students who are exhibiting empathy, respect and tolerance will be open-minded, principled and caring.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.Principled:
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.Caring:
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.The movie below from Teachers Without Borders also deals with these attitudes and explains how they are important in Peace Education.
Photo Credit: PEACE! by Snappies~not here anymore