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Anti-bias Education: Reflections

by Louise Derman-Sparks
July/August 2011
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We find these joys to be self-evident:
"That all children are created whole, endowed with innate intelligence, with dignity and wonder, worthy of respect. . . . Every girl and boy is entitled to love, to dream, and belong to a loving 'village.' And to pursue a life of purpose."
Raffi, A Covenant for Honouring Children (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010, p. 1)

It is 30 years since NAEYC published Anti-Bias Curriculum Tools for Empowering Young Children (Derman-Sparks & ABC Task Force, 1989). Since then, anti-bias education concepts have become part of the early childhood education narrative in the United States and many other countries. It has brought a fresh way of thinking about diversity and equity among young children. In 2010, an updated edition Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves incorporated the insights and experiences of anti-bias educators throughout the country.

In this article, I reflect on where we are at this point in the development of anti-bias education for young children. All references are from Anti-Bias Education for Ourselves and Others, unless noted.

GOALS

Four core goals still form the overall framework for anti-bias education. While the underlying concepts remain the same, some new language makes them consistent with current ...

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