Have you ever asked yourself why your baby is so darn racist?
If so, you may want to sign up for Evergreen College’s upcoming event, “A is for Anti-Bias,” a workshop to help teach parents how to head off discriminatory, sexist, misogynistic and gender-normative behavior in toddlers before its too late.
The workshop, for parents of children aged 3-6, includes a presentation, handouts, group activities, and homework that will help you cure your young children of any attachment they have to rational thought. That way, they don’t have to wait until college to find out that their ideas about race and gender are outdated.
The class is taught by a grad student who, according to the event page, is “engaged in education initiatives focused on inclusion and equity.”
The event itself is sponsored by an organization called, “Teaching for Change,” says they are dedicated to a national conversation about toddler biases, and are working to craft “an approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness.”
If you can’t get to Evergreen College’s class, Teaching for Change holds workshops across the country for both parents and educators. And there are plenty of at-home resources available on their website to help combat baby racism and sexism where it lives.
There is even a set of lesson plans to help you, the parent, teach your child how to build an active resistance to the Trump Administration’s agenda.
“Since the election, student protests across the country against bigotry and injustice have been inspiring, the site’s guide to teachers and parents reads. “Now students need the opportunity to learn the history of people’s movements in order to deepen their protests into organizing that can win real change.”
Much of the Teaching for Change project’s resources are provided by Howard Zinn and his Zinn Education project, well known for providing “alternative history” texts beloved by campus social justice warriors, so it’s basically a vicious cycle.