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The anti-bias movement was born out of the multiculturalism movement. Some of the people involved in the multiculturalism movement felt that it did not do enough to address social problems in the education system.

Definition of antibias: opposing or prohibiting unfair discrimination against people based on race, religion, etc.: preventing or counteracting bias (as in hiring practices) merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antibias

Anti-bias education is an approach to teaching and learning designed to increase understanding of differences and their value to a respectful and civil society and to actively challenge bias, stereotyping and all forms of discrimination in schools and communities.

Multicultural curriculum taught basic facts about diverse cultures, often on specially designated culture days or holidays, rather than systematically infused into the entire curriculum. While this did increase students' superficial knowledge of other cultures, educators wanted students to know why they did not know about other cultures and why certain people of certain ethnicities and classes are less likely to be economically successful.

The goals of the anti-bias curriculum are to raise awareness of bias and to reduce bias. Anti-bias curriculum transgresses the boundaries by actively providing children with a solid understanding of social problems and issues while equipping them with strategies to combat bias and improve social conditions for all.

Cultural bias is the phenomenon of interpreting and judging phenomena by standards inherent to one's own culture. The phenomenon is a problem central to social and human sciences, such as economics, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Some practitioners must develop methods and theories to compensate for or end cultural bias.

Video: Anti-Bias Lessons Help Preschoolers Hold Up a Mirror to Diversity

Some California preschools are getting children to participate in conversations about racial differences at an early age by introducing an anti-bias curriculum that teaches kids about diversity and inclusion. Against a backdrop of national divides over race, these educators use art projects and discussions to infuse a powerful message into the classroom. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.


Types from Wikipedia

Example: Biased or Opinionated Sources - Wikipedia articles are required to present a neutral point of view. However, reliable sources are not required to be neutral, unbiased, or objective. Sometimes non-neutral sources are the best possible sources for supporting information about the different viewpoints held on a subject.

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Partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.

  • The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth.
  • American Indians in Children’s Literature
  • ADL’s Education Department provides educational programs, training and resources for grades PreK-12 and college/university settings. Our anti-bias and bullying prevention programs assist educators and students in understanding and challenging bias and building ally behaviors. Our work in confronting anti-Semitism empowers young people with constructive responses to combat anti-Semitism. We also have programs and resources to help students explore and critically reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 50 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.


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