Bias in CurriculumFebruary 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Tags: bias, Edu 6133, education, hijab, math, Muslim, Somali
In the textbook, McDouglas Littell Middle School Math, Larson (2004) presents cultural assumptions of assimilation and individualism. A majority of the photos present students by themself (Larson, 2004). While a few group photos do exist, a majority depict single students, thus stressing the importance of individual achievement, rather than group success (Larson, 2004). In addition, while a wide variety of ethnic groups represented in the photos consists of a wide range of skin colors, all students dress themselves in middle class white American attire such as blue jeans and a t-shirt (Larson, 2004). The reality of cultural diversity of attire, not simply skin color, lacks in this curriculum.
In the classroom, I hope to counteract his bias by encouraging group work and addressing the importance of the whole class succeeding. I want students to feel like they can contribute to the success of the group by doing math problems in groups of 2-3 students in addition to individual work. I hope to affirm diverse attire by complementing students on their fashion. I want all students, especially the woman to feel affirmed in their choice of attire. As an educator at Denny Middle School, I love the creativity the Muslim Somali students put into their hijab and dresses. I hope to help the students feel fashionable and affirmed in their attire.
Larson, R., Littell, M (2004). McDougal Littell Middle School Math. Course 1. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell.