ECE 405 Children and Families in a Diverse Society
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Commonly Held Beliefs and Bias.
Review the questions, links and accompanying videos for the Commonly Held Beliefs that Influence Teachers’ Work with Diverse Students at http://www.tolerance.org/tdsi/cb_intro. Which of the 13 misconceptions stand out for you as being particularly important for you to recognize and avoid as an early childhood educator? How can we become more aware of our own hidden biases and cultural assumptions when it comes to educating children of different backgrounds? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Children and Prejudice.
In Vivian Gussin Paley’s book, “You Can’t Say, You Can’t Play”, a hierarchy of “bosses” and “outcasts” emerges year after year in her classroom. What, in your experience with children, determines this hierarchy and how much of it is due to the development of pre-prejudicial behavior in children? Provide examples and then consider why it is important to address this behavior earlier rather than later. Would Vivian Gussin’s Paley’s rule have worked in the example you provide? Why or why not? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Race: Illusion vs. Reality.
Review the seven “propositions” including the accompanying videos on “Understanding the Influence of Race” (http://www.tolerance.org/tdsi/uir_intro). From these links and videos, you will learn that much of what we hold to be true about race is a social construction, which has little connection to human biology. Unfortunately this means children of different races may face stereotypes based on the way they look or speak. As an early childhood educator, you will be in a unique position to…