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The Goals of Anti-bias Education

by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards
May/June 2016
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Anti-bias Education Goals

(Identity) Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social/group identities.

(Diversity) Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity, accurate language for human differences, and deep, caring human connections.

(Justice) Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness (injustice), have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.

(Activism) Each child will demonstrate a sense of empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions

Derman-Sparks & Edwards (2010)

It is 27 years since the first book about anti-bias education appeared (Derman-Sparks & ABC Task Force, 1989), building on a long history of efforts to address diversity, inclusion, and equity in early education. Since then, the ideas and goals of anti-bias education have come to be an established component of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) thinking in the United States, and have traveled to many countries around the world. Anti-bias education meets the vital need for early childhood programs where all children and families feel they belong, and where each new generation of children successfully learns the tools they need to thrive in and challenge an inequitable world.

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