ERIC Number: EJ953690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
"I Don't See Color": Challenging Assumptions about Discussing Race with Young Children
Husband, Terry, Jr.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v39 n6 p365-371 Jan 2012
Early childhood classrooms in the US continue to become increasingly diverse as we journey through the twenty first century. Yet and still, many early childhood educators have been slow to respond to these shifts in diversity on the basis of both developmental and political concerns. In this guess editorial, I argue for the integration of anti-racist education in the early childhood social studies classroom. The reasons I discuss here concern: when and how children develop racial attitudes, the difficulty of altering long-standing stereotypes, student empowerment, critical teacher reflection, and issues of standardization. I conclude with several considerations teachers should heed as they engage in this form of education.
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Race, Early Childhood Education, Racial Attitudes, Young Children, Social Studies, Ethnic Stereotypes, Reflective Teaching
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States