Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's a Preschool Problem
What is the Problem?
Every teacher enters the profession with the best intentions, but without deliberate and conscious anti-bias work, implicit bias impacts our learners. Implicit bias is a universal phenomenon, not limited by race, gender, or even country of origin. There is a ton of research being done right now documenting teacher bias in the classroom and the consequences for learners academically, socially and emotionally. Bias is present in all teachers and even in our youngest learners and we can do something to change that.
What Can We Do About It?
Educators and families can identify risk areas where implicit biases may affect behaviors and judgments. Instituting specific procedures of decision making and encouraging people to be mindful of the risks of implicit bias can help us avoid acting according to biases that are contrary to our conscious values and beliefs.
Where to Start?
Take this test to see how it works for you: Implicit Bias Test
Then schedule an in-person workshop for your school community.
Britt Hawthorne is a coffee-drinking, anti-bias, antiracist guide working to develop learner agency with socially conscious adults.