If asked to teach using a text or curriculum material that I believe is culturally biased, I would ask for a meeting with the principal and explain my concerns about the text being culturally biased. Along with explaining how the text or curriculum material is culturally biased, I would also offer an alternative text or curriculum material that could be utilized in its place and achieve the same lesson. I would plead my case by expressing that the current text does not support the school’s commitment to the principles of teaching diversity and social justice within the classrooms. While I am not sure what the expected outcome would be, I believe that it depends on if the principal agrees or disagrees with my view on the text or curriculum materials being culturally biased. If the principal agrees with my perspective, then I would expect him/her to assign an alternative text or curriculum materials to be used. If the principal does not agree with my perspective of the text or curriculum materials, then I would expect him/her to deny my request to use an alternative text and provide ways in which I would teach using the text without highlighting the aspects of the text that I may feel is culturally biased.
Adams, M., Bell, L., Goodman, D., and Joshi, K. (2016). Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group Publishing, 3rd edition.
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Imagine that you have been asked to teach using a text or curriculum material that you believe is culturally biased.
What might you do in response? How might you appropriately and professionally address the issue? This discussion should be at least 100 words and must include a reference with an in-text citation.
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