Evergreen College Workshop Aims to Cure Your Toddler of Racism
“education initiatives focused on inclusion and equity”
The saddest thing about this is that some people will actually participate.
Heat Street reports:
WA College Helps Parents ‘Cure’ Their Toddlers of Racism and Sexism
Have you ever asked yourself why your baby is so darn racist?
If so, you may want to sign up for Evergreen College’s upcoming event, “A is for Anti-Bias,” a workshop to help teach parents how to head off discriminatory, sexist, misogynistic and gender-normative behavior in toddlers before its too late.
The workshop, for parents of children aged 3-6, includes a presentation, handouts, group activities, and homework that will help you cure your young children of any attachment they have to rational thought. That way, they don’t have to wait until college to find out that their ideas about race and gender are outdated.
The class is taught by a grad student who, according to the event page, is “engaged in education initiatives focused on inclusion and equity.”
The event itself is sponsored by an organization called, “Teaching for Change,” says they are dedicated to a national conversation about toddler biases, and are working to craft “an approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness.”
If you can’t get to Evergreen College’s class, Teaching for Change holds workshops across the country for both parents and educators. And there are plenty of at-home resources available on their website to help combat baby racism and sexism where it lives.
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There is actually respectable scientific research that shows that even young infants recognize and are surprised by the more obvious racial differences, although that can hardly be equated with “racism”. We humans have an innate genetically determined suspicion about anybody who looks, talks or speaks in a way that is unfamiliar to us, and that can be a very important survival tool (100K years ago, those folks were almost always very dangerous).
That is obviously not even close to deeming an infant to be a racist, based solely upon a genetically determined innate response — racism requires a complex judgment.
My Rhodesian Ridgeback (dog) had a strong response to a (black) woman serving as caretaker for a neighbor, when he first sighted her walking to the mailbox. I’m sure that he was not a racist, but her dark skin was something new to his doggy mind, and he reacted “appropriately”, for which he as scolded, and he thereafter was no longer a “racist”.
Let’s get realistic, people.