What is the role of early childhood education in fighting racism?

Have you read the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)‘s Early Childhood Education Assembly‘s Statement About the Role of Early Childhood Education and Racism?  You should!

They write:

The Affirmative Action Committee of the ECEA strongly believes that it is through our teaching of young children that we can affect the most change. We believe this because research points out that when we do not explicitly teach anti-racism early, it becomes too easy for a racist consciousness to form in our silence, the same consciousness that tolerates racist acts we see today. This will require much thoughtful examination as we look at ourselves; our curriculum; our beliefs about each other, our students, and their families; and our understandings about the past, the present, and the future. It can be frustrating, challenging, and difficult work, but it is also a privilege and a responsibility.

The complete statement can be found here.


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