Teaching children to think critically about sexism and other forms of bias
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Teaching children to think critically about sexism and other forms of bias a direct, systematic and integrated teaching approach by Paula J. Caplan

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Published by Green Dragon Press in Toronto .
Written in English


  • Critical thinking -- Study and teaching (Elementary),
  • Prejudices,
  • Sex role -- Study and teaching (Elementary)

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A curriculum unit designed to: 1. help young children develop critical thinking skills; and, 2. counteract sex-role stereotyping.

Edition Notes

StatementPaula J. Caplan, Margaret Secord-Gilbert, Pat Staton.
ContributionsSecord-Gilbert, Margaret, 1957-, Staton, P. A. 1933-
The Physical Object
Pagination23 p. :
Number of Pages23
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL21854622M
ISBN 100969195559

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Teach children to recognize stereotypes and caricatures of different groups. Young children can become adept at spotting “unfair” images of themselves and others if they are helped to think critically about what they see in books, movies, greeting cards, and comics and on TV.   At this age range, it’s imperative to talk to your children in depth about sexism and gender bias. Why? Sexism and misogyny have a lot to do . Learning to think critically may be one of the most important skills that today's children will need for the future. Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, includes critical thinking on her list of the seven essential life skills needed by every today’s global and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to do much more than repeat a list of facts; they need to be. Practice problem-solving and critical discussions with your class about other, easier topics. Once you have that discussion format, it offers a space for anti-bias work. Use the children’s words to frame the class discussions (perhaps in your morning message or to begin morning meeting).

(Oakes, Rogers, & Silver, ). Other studies also show that much of the curriculum and teaching styles in public schools are not culturally relevant to Students of Color (Delpit, ; Menchaca, ). The continual segregation of White and non-White children in schools, the conditions in which Students of Color are forced to go to.   Promote critical thinking about how humans form stereotypes, prejudices, and behaviors of discrimination Learning Goals: Students will understand the definitions of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination, and the theories of social psychology related to them (including implicit bias, in-group/out-group biases, minimal group paradigm, in.   So advocates, teachers, and communities must take up the cause in teaching children to value diversity.” More public dialogue among adults regarding racism and other forms .   Specifically, unconscious bias training is most effective when it: (i) incorporates bias awareness, or ‘a-ha’, activities and (ii) transfers evidence-based bias reduction and mitigation strategies. ‘A-ha’ Activities for Bias Awareness. Effective unconscious bias training activities ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’.

  8 Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Critical Thinking Skills Teaching children to question and research is imperative. Octo by Carol Miller Leave a Comment.   Gender bias and sexism are embedded in the grammatical structure of most languages and therefore are perceived to be normative (see Hamilton, ; Ng, ; Stahlberg et al., ). The most evident linguistic gender inequality is that expressions referring to females are often grammatically more complex than those referring to males. Students may look around and think, “I don’t see any gender bias here.” But that’s probably because most of us have only been educated on how hostile sexism works, and hostile sexism isn’t the kind of sexism that most people experience day-to-day. Another form of gender bias, benevolent sexism, is more frequently at play.   Basically, critical thinking helps us make good, sound decisions. Critical thinking. In her book, “Mind in the Making: The seven essential life skills every child needs,” author Ellen Galinsky explains the importance of teaching children critical thinking skills. A child’s natural curiosity helps lay the foundation for critical thinking.