Woke Read Along

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Injustice and antiracism book discussion

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"Nic Stone's Dear Martin tells the story of an Ivy League-bound African American student named Justyce who becomes a victim of racial profiling. He struggles to reconcile the fact that he's a "good kid" with suddenly being in police handcuffs. In the months that follow, Justyce confronts injustices and micro-aggressions he experiences at his mostly White prep school and the fallout from his brief detainment. There's violence, including boys getting into fights with punches thrown and lips bloodied, police brutality, a teen shot, an officer killed offstage, and racist experiences."

Anti-bias education is framed by four domains; identity, diversity, justice and action. It requires work in each area.

The 4 goals of anti-bias education* are that all children...

1.       Demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride and positive social identities.

2.       Express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.

3.       Increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts

4.       Demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.

*Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards, 2010. Anti-Bias Education for Young Children & Ourselves. Washington DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. p.xiv

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