Thanks to the many social media campaigns among colleges and universities in the U.S. and media coverage by mainstream outlets, conversations about racial microaggressions are exposed, and very controversial. Ignore the opinions and learn the facts, and then decide on your course of action. Empower yourself …learn about racial microaggressions.
And when you don’t have the words and can’t plan the lessons, don’t just say nothing; say exactly what you are feeling. That will mean more to your students than you may ever know.
As educators we (sometimes unknowingly) step into roles of advocate, caretaker, guide, and even mother or father to students. Students pay attention to everything we say and do. They particularly pay attention to our silence.
We may be uncomfortable talking about race, but we can no longer afford to be silent. We have chosen a profession, which—like parenting—requires that our comforts come second to those of children.
Many black and brown students are educated in school systems and classrooms where they, despite making up the racial majority, are taught how to understand a world by a staff comprised of a powerful minority. When their teachers choose to remain silent about moments of racial tension or violence—violence that may well touch students’ own communities or families—these children are overtly reminded of their inferior place in… Source: Don’t Say Nothing
The only thing I remember from my college orientation was being taught to juggle. For the record, I don’t know how to juggle, but for some reason I remember someone attempting to teach me prior to starting college classes. Nowadays, students are taught that just about everything they say could be considered a microaggression if anyone overhearing it gets offended. These colleges could be teaching incoming students not to be pansies, but no. They’re teaching them to constantly police what they say on the off chance someone in earshot gets hurt feelings. A white female freshman at Clark University was told by the campus chief diversity officer, Sheree Marlowe, that she couldn’t sing along to songs that use the n-word, even if she’s alone or with white friends. Students were also told not to ask Asian students they don’t know for help with math homework and not to tell a nonwhite woman: I would have never guessed that you were a scientist.
Parents have a natural instinct to teach and protect their children. Police-involved killings, the shooting of Dallas officers, peaceful protests that turn violent — incidents that are often traumatic for adults — can make these two instincts feel in conflict. Do we try to explain the strife our child sees on television?
First, adults responsible for teaching and caring for children should have the tools, supports, and inducements necessary for doing their work well. We need arrangements — interventions, if you will — to equip parents and teachers with state of the art skills, social supports, and tools to do their work well, including appropriate forms of accountability.
Learners explore the relationship of “respect” to definitions and examples of prejudice, bias, racism, and stereotype. Students discover how prejudices are learned and reflect on how to be more respectful of others.
This lesson provides an opportunity for elementary students to learn about Misty Copeland, reflect on her experiences and story and explore how stereotypes and role models influence career aspirations and decisions.
The Issue Brief: Racial Disproportionality in School Discipline: Implicit Bias is Heavily Implicated, shows that zero-tolerance policies that mandate automatic disciplinary consequences are applied unevenly across racial and ethnic groups, contributing to the disproportionality problem and creating risks of other negative life outcomes, such as higher drop-out rates, lower academic achievement, incarceration later in life and all of their collateral results.
The Pygmalion Effect: Addressing unconscious bias in teacher expectations has positive outcomes on the performance of black and Latino students. A first step is for educators and employers to shift their perspectives on these kids and see the assets they possess.
For the first time, research reveals how harmful repeated racial discrimination can be on mental and physical health. The study looked at the accumulation of experiences of racial attacks over time including being shouted at, being physically attacked, avoiding a place, or feeling unsafe because of one’s ethnicity.
Mark Twain once quipped that schools should not get in the way of educating our youth. When schools and/or districts choose to ignore massive forms of oppression because it is not convenient or comfortable to discuss, another form of injustice is established.
Two recent recorded police killings of black men and the killings of five police officers in Dallas have left many adults without words, especially not the words necessary to explain the violence and underlying racial issues to children.
Consciously working to instill high self-esteem and self-actualization in children of color is paramount to any other form of activism in my life. As adults, we can protest, post Facebook statuses, boycott big-chain stores but what about the children? We must not neglect their voice during this time, instead, it is our responsibility to guide them on the primacy of self-developing their own opinions.
A Guide for Parents and Teachers Recent events— including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Charleston church shooting, and the debate over the Confederate flag— have led many parents and teachers to seek out resources to address issues of race and inequality with young children. We share with you here an excerpt from the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. The […]
By Jeremy Manger As part of our larger social justice project, my third grade students at High Tech Elementary North County in San Marcos, California completed an investigation into the diversity of our classroom library. Our investigation question was: How diverse is our classroom library? The class decided to examine the library, creating groups of books based […]
Previous research has shown children as young as 5 can develop implicit racial biases. But a recent study by the University of British Columbia proves that it’s possible to reduce said biases in older children. The study, conducted by lead author Antonya Gonzalez and other UBC researchers, found that telling stories of African-Americans “contributing positively to […]
Hidden Bias Tests measure unconscious, or automatic, biases. Your willingness to examine your own possible biases is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society.