“Children form ideas about fairness and their own sense of identity within the larger world during the early years.” (Boutte 2008)
Anti-bias curriculum supports children as they develop a sense of identity in a diverse society. It helps them learn to be proud of themselves and their families, respect a range of human differences, recognize unfairness and bias, and speak up for the rights of others.
Anti-bias lessons happen in both planned curriculum and teachable moments based on children’s conversations. Teachers balance planned anti-bias experiences, such as mixing paint to match skin color, with opportunities to engage children by responding to their questions and observations.
The goal of EACMSI’s anti-bias curriculum is the development of students who experience a positive sense of self and a respectful understanding of others within the context of the society in which they live.
Through lessons, literature, rich conversations and empathy development, students refine their understanding of the ways that social identities are constructed, experienced, and affect access to society’s institutions, both in the present and historically.
The overarching goal is creating a climate of positive self and group identity development, through which every child will achieve their fullest potential while respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness.
Through curriculum and day to day experiences we address concepts such as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, family structure, sexual orientation, and social class.