Our Anti-Bias Curriculum
Anti-bias education is an education philosophy based on the belief that differences should be valued and oppressive ideas and behaviors should be eliminated. At the heart of anti-bias work is a vision of a world in which all children are able to blossom, and where all children and families have a sense of belonging and experience affirmation of their identities and cultural ways of being.
The four core goals of anti-bias education are:
Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.
Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.
Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.
How does this look in the classroom? Children and their families are encouraged to share traditions (holiday or otherwise) year-round. We take time to honor our family relationships, in their many varied forms. We strive to represent all kinds of families, cultures and races in the books in our library. Our dolls and figurines reflect a diversity of races and gender roles. We don't shy away from acknowledging differences, but facilitate open and thoughtful discussion of them.