My hope for future work with children and families of diverse backgrounds is that we come to a place where culture and diversity are promoted, society’s power relationships have dissolved, and privilege is experienced by all. Until then we must never forgot we have the power to help children “thrive and to succeed in school, in work, and in life” by what we say and do everyday in the classroom. (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010, pp. 1) We must continue to work toward being true anti-bias educators. “We are cultural workers, whether we are aware of it or not.” (Pelo, 2008, pp. 4) We are making a difference everyday, we must ask ourselves is the difference I am making a positive difference for all children.
A goal I have for the Early Childhood Field related to diversity, equity and social justice is greater awareness and increased actions to ensure “all children have equal opportunity to become all they are” (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010, pp. 9) Anit-bias work needs to become common language in all educational programs. Teachers new and experienced need to training and teaching to help them reflect on their own bias and influence children in a positive non-bias manner.
Thank you to my Walden Colleagues for sharing your knowledge and stories. I appreciate your continued support, motivating ideas, and the insight you have brought to my self-reflective process. I wish you a positive experience as you continue your journey toward your educational and anti-bias goals. Remember we make a difference everyday even if we never get to see it!
Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for
young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
Pelo, A. (Ed.) (2008). Rethinking Early Childhood Education. Milwaukee, WI: