“Culturally relevant education.”
Like most fields, K-12 education is filled with jargon. “Critical Race Theory” is often not on the vernacular list.
But as discord over how race is approached in schools continues across the country, edu-speak phrases are increasingly labeled as euphemisms for “critical race theory.”
Here is a glossary of some of the more popular abuse of language mistakenly believed to be Critical Race Theory, along with the actual meanings of the terms.
Let’s first eliminate a definition: Critical breed theory is an academic framework that examines whether, and how, systems and policies perpetuate racism.
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Against racism: Anti-racism is the practice of actively combating racism. It goes beyond passive practices – when someone says they are not racist but takes no action in the face of racist actions – and often requires conscious effort.
“It’s very binary,” said John Marshall, director of equities for Jefferson County Public Schools. “If you are not anti-racist, what are you?
Culture-appropriate education: It can also be called culturally relevant teaching.
This pedagogical approach, as described by scholar Geneva Gay, uses “the cultural knowledge, previous experiences, frames of reference and performance styles of ethnically diverse students to make learning encounters more relevant and effective for them ”.
DEI: This is acronym for diversity, equity and inclusion. It is often used to bring together all of the diversity, equity and inclusion programs that a district or school can implement together.
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The diversity: Diversity is the practice of having a range of people represented in a group, including those of different races, ethnicities, socio-economic classes, genders or sexual orientations.
Equality: Equality is the concept that all people – or, in the case of education, students – have the same opportunities and resources, regardless of their needs.
Equity: Fairness is when people – again, in this case, students – are given the support and resources they need to be successful, even if that means people are given different levels of resources.
In cases of gender and race equity, said Roger Cleveland, professor at Eastern Kentucky University, “measures often have to be put in place to compensate for historical and social disadvantages” that have prevented the playing field. to be initially equal.
Implied bias: Implicit bias, Cleveland said, “refers to attitudes or stereotypes that subconsciously affect our understanding, actions, and decisions.”
This is different from explicit bias, which is when a person is aware that they are discriminating against a group of people.
Inclusion: Inclusion takes diversity a step further, ensuring that a range of people are first represented and then feel valued in a group.
In education, this often includes understanding the needs of different students and adapting to those needs to enable a student to participate fully in school.
Intersectionality: Intersectionality is the theory that a person’s identities – including race, gender, and class – do not act independently but are interconnected, creating a web of varied experiences with privilege and oppression.
Restorative justice: This can also be called restorative practices.
Restorative practices focus on rebuilding relationships after the damage has been done, with the belief that students are more likely to change their behavior once they understand the impact.
These practices can be used as an alternative to discipline for small behavioral problems in schools. They can also be used proactively to help students understand their emotions before a behavior problem arises.
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Socio-emotional learning: It is the process by which children “develop healthy identities, manage their emotions and achieve personal and group goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships and make responsible decisions and caring, ”according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.
Systemic racism: Sometimes referred to as institutional racism, it is when institutions like governments or school systems perpetuate racism and racial inequalities through policies.
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Trauma-informed care: Educational trauma-informed care seeks to recognize signs of childhood trauma or adverse experiences in students in order to better support them.
This approach tries to move away from the question “What’s wrong with this person?” “To” What happened to this person? “
White privilege: White privilege is the idea that white people inherently benefit from their skin color in some societies. Francis Kendall described the privilege of whites as “having better access to power and resources than people of color.”
White privilege does not mean that everything a white man has accomplished has not been deserved, nor that whites do not struggle.
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