She affirms their identities, makes clear that these images are not true or fair, and explains that the lessons are to help everyone to recognize and stop misinformation. An anti-bias environment is one that encourages an active approach to challenging prejudice, stereotyping and bias. My cousins picking up the tabla drum and making powerful music, the beauty of the men dancing, and so much more. Instead, create a safe environment for that child to volunteer personal stories of culture or identity if she or he chooses. We have designed the Co-op environment with our anti-bias goals in mind. Also, note any rejection based on biases directed toward them.
Listen for misconceptions and statements that make others uncomfortable. An anti-bias attitude values and celebrates diversity among different genders, races, lifestyles, physical abilities, religions, culture and socio-economic status. Be alert for unfair practices that directly affect their lives. They represented a life that I was supposed to emulate. We are interested to hear about more strategies being used in classrooms. Our books reflect a diversity of gender roles, racial and cultural backgrounds, life styles, abilities, etc. We have dolls that reflect different racial groups.
Various languages are used in labeling the environment for the children, and the languages of the children in our center are used on a daily basis. Derman-Sparks worked with the Perry Preschool Project and the About Julie Olsen EdwardsJulie Olsen Edwards began her early childhood education career working as a family child care provider as a way to stay home with her new baby. Children are not the only ones vulnerable to misinformation and negative messages about people of Arab heritage; most of the people living in the United States have been surrounded by considerable anti-Arab prejudice from mainstream media for many years. Adam was thrilled that his classmates visited his mosque, and it was a lovely experience for everyone. As a rule, when you are collecting information, do not intervene. If the messages and images of Arabs and their countries are confusing to you, imagine what children are picking up from them. I now realize that the awkwardness I felt was due to the absence of a multicultural education—i.
Critiquing the Disney movie Aladdin is one example where anti-bias work becomes visible. Winter puts a human face on a people in the midst of war and shows that even then, individuals can work together for good in their community. Ask Arabs from your community if they will help you create books, photos to use for learning games, etc. If you cannot do this, you may know people of Arab heritage who can tell you or your students directly about their families. Concept 2: Arab American people work and contribute in many ways. With primary school-age children: If you have worked with the children on the previous concepts, they are ready for critical analyses, which is identifying untrue and unfair images and messages.
Examine your own ideas and feelings. The eagerly awaited successor to the influential Anti-Bias Curriculum! In this example, from a private college kindergarten, Adam, a Muslim, Arab American child, initiated the following activities. Anti-bias education work in early childhood is shaped by a deep-seated belief in the importance of justice, the dream of each child being able to achieve all he or she is capable of, the knowledge that together human beings can make a difference. As children play, talk, draw, and paint pictures they often reveal how they see themselves. The props in the dramatic play area are from different cultures and reflect different lifestyles.
Assemble and create accurate teaching materials. Therefore, the Co-op believes it is imperative to encourage children and their families to recognize and actively challenge bias. Make sure that children of Arab heritage in your program are visible in your learning materials, your curriculum supports their home culture including being Muslim if that is the religion of their family , and fosters bilingualism if their home language is other than English. As in all groups, a small minority of individuals may fit one or more of these characterizations, but not the vast majority. You want children to feel comfortable to express their true views, not what they think you want to hear or see. To do this, you must first find out how they think.
Soon we will be learning about what is really true and fair. See Anti-Bias Education for ideas and further resources. The result is a richer and more nuanced articulation of what is important in anti-bias education. In addition, they tend to generalize what they see and hear, applying stereotypical images or negative comments about Arabs living abroad to Americans of Arab descent. Because the government refuses to help, she recruits friends to help her move the books into a nearby restaurant. She went on to work for Head Start, teach in private The eagerly awaited successor to the influential Anti-Bias Curriculum! By Louise Derman-Sparks with Merrie Najimy What messages are you hearing from the mainstream media about the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt? Primary graders and beyond are old enough to hear about stories of conflict, presented in an age-appropriate, sensitive context that focuses on the lives and actions of ordinary people who are caught up in the conflicts.
Over the last two decades, educators across the nation and around the world have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in anti-bias work. This task will require you to search beyond the traditional sources and to also make your own materials—especially for young children. These new messages occur in a social environment full of existing stereotypes, misinformation, and incidents of discrimination and hatred directed at Americans of Arab descent. See , chapter 4, for more ideas. They are both alike and different from your own families.
Young children are often quite aware of widespread stereotypes and the prejudiced attitudes of adults. Share your ideas for teaching about Arabs and Arab Americans. For primary and older school children Build understanding and empathy for the people living in countries where U. What about the fighting in Libya or the government crackdowns in Syria and Bahrain? None of these are true. All of these materials are provided in an attempt to reflect all the children at the Co-op and their families in a positive way, as well as to expose all the children to the reality of diversity in their world. The children or you may identify the problem.