|What is Anti-Bias Education?||
ACTIVITY ID: 24726
By Louise Derman-Sparks, Julie Olsen Edwards, and Catherine M. Goins
Early-childhood educators have deep faith in the principle that all people deserve the opportunities and resources to fulfill their complete humanity. Moreover, we have a unique role in making this principle real, in promoting all children’s chances to thrive and to succeed in school, in work, and in life. Anti-bias work is essentially optimistic work about the future for our children. It provides teachers a way to examine and transform their understanding of children’s lives and do self-reflective work to more deeply understand their own lives.
Anti-bias education has four core goals:
Goal 1: Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
The heart of anti-bias work is a vision of a world in which all children are able to blossom, and each child’s particular abilities and gifts are able to flourish. In this world:
Adapted from Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, published by NAEYC in 2020.