Understanding the principles of anti-racism behaviour requires asking the challenging, underlying questions

Story published in the STF Bulletin Volume 80 • Number 4 • December 11, 2013 • Page 6

By Margaret Pillay, SPDU — The last article in this series discussed racism; this article will focus on anti-racist, anti oppressive education. Anti racist education is not a program, a unit of instruction or an “add-on” to a curriculum; rather it is a philosophy based on social justice, democracy and critical theory that attempts to illuminate the realities faced by oppressed groups with a particular focus on power relationships.

Battiste (Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit, 2013) states that “the modern education system was created to maintain the identity, language, and culture of a colonial society” (p. 30), and suggests that
anti-racist education should begin by taking a critical perspective on policies and practices that have become viewed as the way we “do” education.

Writer, social justice advocate and anti-racism educator George J. Sefa Dei (Anti-Racism Education, 1996), describes 10 principles of anti-racism education, which may be helpful to those who are interested in learning about teaching from an anti-racist perspective. This article will discuss the first five of these and the remaining ones will be covered in the next article.

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