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ERIC Number: EJ1119213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Let's Talk about Racism in Schools
Wormeli, Rick
Educational Leadership, v74 n3 p16-22 Nov 2016
Vitriol--and even violence--between U.S. citizens of different groups reaches another high mark this year. Racism is one of the strongest challenges of our time. But racism isn't insurmountable, U.S. institutions--with schools as ground zero--can lessen racism if they examine their own racist thinking and policies and, especially, encourage thoughtful conversations about race among differing cultural and racial groups. Wormeli gives examples of racism's harm and argues that we must stop focusing on our differences and hiding behind silence. Instead we must talk openly about racism, bias, and how school policies may get in the way of equity for students. He shares 10 principles student or teacher groups can use to further candid discussion about racism. Wormeli recommends that teachers immerse students in experiences that help them reflect on their own attitudes or approaches and become more knowledgeable about other racial groups--activities ranging from reading fiction that embodies new perspectives, to practicing how to respond when a racist comment surfaces, to role-playing in which students take the perspectives of oppressed groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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