ERIC Number: ED243308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Biased Language: The Urge to Purge.
Maculaitis, Jean D'Arcy
Issues of social discrimination of all kinds and in all forms in teaching are discussed. Sexism, racism, ageism, bias by commission versus omission, other objectionable stereotypes, and the difference between accurate portrayal and the ideal are defined. Sixteen suggestions are given for choosing or developing language arts instructional materials that present unbiased views of people. The suggestions focus on the distribution of males and females in the materials; illustration styles; realism of portrayal rather than stereotyping; role portrayal; values attribution; and inclusion of cultural, religious, and ethnic events from a variety of minority groups. Teachers are encouraged to deal directly with issues of bias, talking openly and fairly with students, sensitizing them to bias and suggesting ways to correct it. (MSE)
Descriptors: Age Discrimination, Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Background, English (Second Language), Ethnicity, Hispanic Americans, Instructional Materials, Language Usage, Media Selection, Puerto Ricans, Racial Bias, Self Esteem, Sex Bias, Social Bias, Stereotypes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Responsibility
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual English as a Second Language Conference of the Manitoba Department of Education (9th, Manitoba, Canada, February 16-17, 1981).