ERIC Number: ED454007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Waiting To Excel: Biraciality in the Classroom.
Reid, Evelyn; Henry, Gertrude B.
The categories of race used by school administrators to report student racial data assume racial purity. The omission of a category for mixed racial heritage is indicative of a deeper neglect on the part of society in recognizing this segment of its people. This mindset, which ignores the existence of biracial Americans, coupled with the implicit biases inherent in a White/non-White system of categorization, has contributed to a situation wherein the potential for psychological harm to biracial Americans is quite high. To support biracial youth, educators must create a climate that fosters the development of a healthy identity for all students through acceptance of religious, social, cultural, and other differences. This review of educational and psychological research identifies educational strategies that address the needs of biracial children: planning for student psychological, social, emotional, and cultural needs; creatively and carefully engaging young children in discussions of racial oppression and its consequences; infusing biracial issues throughout the curriculum, with curricula that are sensitive to process as well as content; aiding in the refinement of biracial children's (and their parents') identity; exposing children to their heritage; becoming sensitive to various learning styles; and providing parents and children with tools (words and phrases) to protect themselves from others who do not affirm human diversity and biraciality. (Contains 71 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: National Association of African American Studies & National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies 2000 Literature Monograph Series. Proceedings (Education Section) (Houston, TX, February 21-26, 2000).