Is Implicit Bias Racist? (2015)

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Author: Zaretta Hammond

Teaching Tolerance

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I remember talking to Janice, a white teacher working with a diverse classroom of African-American, Mexican-American and Southeast-Asian fifth-grade students. She asked me, “How do I get my students to get engaged in their own learning?” She went on to say that she felt frustrated that, despite having good relationships with them, they weren’t stepping up. “They don’t seem to care,” she said. On the surface, Janice’s comments didn’t seem biased. She seemed genuinely committed to their success. But as we continued talking, it was clear that Janice had assumptions about who her students were, their capacity as learners and even the quality of her relationship with them.


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