Reflecting on Bias.

My personal thoughts from the discussion we had in class about how to address an issue of race, class, gender, sexuality in the classroom. As a teacher one has to find a way how one wants our students to see us. We can talk little about our family or not say anything about it. But I think that when we make decisions that are good for them, then they would see us as a person one can trust. Sometimes as educators one has the power of how one can gain the respect of the students.  When it comes to the sexuality in classrooms, we should tell students that everyone is the same. No matter what our sexuality is one has to be treated with respect and not be treat as something different.When students don’t learn about race or sexuality in classroom they will do wrong things and hurt other feelings.  But when one ignores the questions that students might have about race or other things they will get distracted and not listen to what one is trying to teach them. As a teacher that I want to become I want students to see me as a friend/teacher that will help them when they need help. When addressing these issues one has to use the appropriate words so students depending on their age don’t miss understand what one is trying to say to them.

4 thoughts on “Reflecting on Bias.

  1. I agree with your statement about being careful how you may address things to students. So wiould you say knowing different cultural backgrounds and learning your students values, would help you not always be “on your toes” or “walking on eggshells” in your own classroom?
    I believe when you have an understanding in your classrooms with culture, ethinicty and gender, you and your students can better understand eachother.

  2. I believe the same way that issues related to sexuality, gender and race should be discussed to the students in a manner that will pave the way for positive learning. If every time we deny the student the opportunity to know that everybody should be treated the same way as each of them then we welcome some distraction and unanswerable questions in learning.

  3. Could the room be made unsafe through these discussions? I think about religious traditions that only value heterosexism. I think about family structures that do hold on to explicit biases. What about those kids? Will they be safe?

    I think we really need to dig into how classroom spaces can be radically unsafe, but perpetuate a crisis in kids that is productive and leads to radical learning.

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