All of us may be prejudiced, but how can we overcome that? There is a piece of advice for teachers to deal with every student respectfully and kindly.
My friend lately mentioned the case at Berkeley High School. At the start of the training a white teacher asked African-American students to let him check out the timetable when they joined the lesson as he thought they had gone astray. That’s why they felt awkward and embarrassed.
This is called hidden prejudice − an unconscious attitude towards anything that goes against your exact significance and unfortunately takes place at many schools. During one latest test at daycare centre teachers paid much more attention for black children when they were asked to look for conduct disorders while watching a clip with kids. In another one educators read about a behavioural disorder with a small kid without knowing who of them is a black or a white, and then were told their story or not.
These cases show how prejudiced educators might be. Fortunately, the prejudice can be overcome. How? Here some tips!
- 1. Realize your prejudice
Most of us blame others’ attitude for their personalities and not for the environment and at the same time endow people like us with better features and intentions.
Many scientists suppose that awareness of the prejudice can help get rid of it, that’s why teachers shouldn’t pretend to be colourblind as it won’t work out. Only acknowledge of having biases helps analyze and wipe them out.
- 2. Boost empathy and communicate more
If a teacher learns more about students and shows empathy (empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s thoughts, feelings, and is very important in communication and pedagogy), kids are likely not only to feel emotionally better but also to do the same thing. That’s what they always do.
- 3. Be more alert and benevolent
That’d be very helpful if you want to reduce stress and the hidden prejudice towards specific people. In another experiment, after listening to an audio-record young white people treated blacks and elderly better than those who listened about wildlife. This shows that neutral consciousness can help lessen the prejudice even without much concentrating on it.
Exercise benevolence that increases sympathy towards other people. Studies show that even after short-run benevolence praxis people’s prejudice towards the targeted group had been decreased, although it doesn’t work with other groups.
- 4. Make a foreign friend
Inter-group relationships may lessen stress and bias while communicating with other ethnicities and make you feel unfair about the ascendancy of ones over others. And again, kids follow the examples, so your actions might persuade them to do the same.
Surely that doesn’t mean every tutor should invariably make a black or Asian friend, but it’d be nice to go to various events that interest you and meet their different people with diverse cultures and possibly become friends with them as this would certainly help you get rid of stereotypes.
In a perfect world, school districts would take up this issue. But since it’s a reality, everyone should do their part, especially educators. Moreover, teachers must be altruists by nature and they’re exactly the people who can have an impact on their schoolchildren and make them feel out of danger and appreciated at lessons.