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The beginning of RAD TAD....
After the bell rang, Ms. Albright said, “Students, today we begin our new section on culture.”
Belinda remarked, “Like milk culture? I don’t want to talk about that – I am lactose intolerant”
Tad replied, “I think she is talking about culture – as in how other countries live”, and he got up from his seat to sharpen his pencil.
Belinda said, “That is stupid to learn about too. I don’t like that kind of culture either. The way we do things is right. Everyone should be the same, just like me. It makes things a lot easier.”
Tad “I think culture is cool. In fact, I’d like to start a Culture Club.”
Belinda “I know Culture Club – isn’t that an 80’s band?” I’d join that Culture Club. I bet I know your favorite Culture Club song, Tad. I bet it is “I’ll tumble for ya,” she said as she stuck out her foot and tripped poor Tad, making him tumble down the aisle.
Some of the other kids laughed.
Tad's good friend Georgia stepped in to help him up. “Belinda, that wasn’t nice,” Georgia remarked.
Ms. Albright gave Belinda detention, and made sure Tad was alright. “Class, each of you is going to be assigned to a country – and you are to research your country and write a report on the culture there,” she said.
Ms. Albright agreed that a Culture Club was a great idea and a good way for students to get their projects going. She put Tad in charge of of the Culture Club, because she thought he was tolerant of other cultures. “Hey, I am going to call you tolerant Tad.”
Tad replied, “Thank you, Ms. Albright. But, with all due respect, I dislike the word tolerance. It means to ‘accept something’. I feel like I do more than merely accept diversity. I respect and accept diversity.
Georgia was excited when she said, “Oh I’ve got it. If you take the acronym of respect and accept diversity, it is RAD. How about we call you RAD TAD?”
Tad loved the nickname. He explained to the class that the way other cultures do things isn’t strange; it is just different.
RAD TAD went on to say, “What if we were all the same? Can you imagine how boring it would be? We need to respect eachother. We are different, but also the same. And we are all on the same team, humankind. So, be kind to humankind.”
Purchase the book "The Adventures of RAD TAD" to learn more...
For you…RAD TAD will take you around the world, and show you other cultures. He will answer your questions and show you that we are different, we are also the same. Where do you want to go? What culture questions do you have? Send RAD TAD an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAD TAD STORYBOOK
by Kristin Koetting O'Byrne, Ph.D.
Read the story of RAD TAD, as he ventures around the world in the middle of the night, searching for answers and making friends in other cultures. Sometimes joined by Geo Georgia and Eco Nikko, RAD TAD will educate you how to be RAD (Respect & Accept Diversity).
We are all on the same team, humankind. So, be kind to humankind.
Ages 4-9. 20 pages.
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