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ERIC Number: EJ945031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Moving beyond Colorblindness in Early Childhood Classrooms
Boutte, Gloria Swindler; Lopez-Robertson, Julia; Powers-Costello, Elizabeth
Early Childhood Education Journal, v39 n5 p335-342 Dec 2011
Countering the position that colorblindness is desirable for teachers and children, this article encourages early childhood education teachers to engage in conversations about race and racism with young children. We discuss why the early childhood years are important for interrupting racism and make suggestions for helping children develop tools for addressing it. Annotated examples of children's drawings about racism from a second grade classroom are shared to demonstrate that young children are not colorblind and that they think about and experience racism in their daily lives. We conclude that it is both an educational and ethical necessity to address racism with young children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A