We Are the Same and We Are Different; How to Talk about Diversity with White Kids in White Communities

Apr 28, 2021

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How to Talk about Diversity with White Kids in White Communities
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Minnesota’s population is 80% white. Many communities across the state have few if any Black or Native people or people of color.  So how can we teach children to celebrate diversity and talk about race, racism and bias when all their neighbors are white? Early childhood education expert Louise Derman-Sparks shares her rationale and creative tools for teaching white children about race, racism and diversity.

Resources

“What if All the Kids are White” Paper by Louise Derman-Sparks

https://www.teachingforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ec_whatifallthekids_english.pdf

 

Excerpt from NAEYC Anti-Bias Curriculum: “The Hurtful Power of Silence”

https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/pubs/abe2e-chap-4-excerpt.pdf

 

Article: Talking with Children about White Privilege

https://www.parents.com/kids/responsibility/racism/how-to-explain-white-privilege-in-term-simple-enough-for-a-child/

 

Excerpt from NAEYC Anti-Bias Curriculum:  How Educators Begin Anti-bias Work

https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/pubs/abe2e-chap-1-excerpt.pdf

More on Persona Dolls 

https://www.amazeworks.org/education-programs/persona-dolls/