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We honor Sikhs by learning about them

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We know little about the motives of the gunman who opened fire yesterday in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Many of us will monitor the news during the day, hoping to learn more about what the shooter thought he was doing, sure to hear more about the heroism and horror inside the building.

But it's Monday, one of the first days of school for students throughout the South, where school starts early. In those classrooms, teachers need to know how to talk about the shooting now, this morning.

Teaching Tolerance suggests starting with educating students about the Sikhs.

Sikhism rose in India at a time, about 350 years ago, when both Hinduism and Islam were practiced there; its followers seek enlightenment and brotherhood. It is a religious tradition that is little understood in the United States. Despite their rich heritage and distinctive dress, Sikhs are often mistaken...

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