Combating Implicit Racial Bias in the Education System - Preserving Black American History
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Instructions: The curriculum taught in elementary, middle, and high school can have a formidable impact on how the youth view the role of race and culture. Hold local leaders in your state accountable for the education imparted upon impressionable youth through this tool you can access using this tool. Let's change what our youth learn for the better, together. Here's how you can.
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Step 1 - Research: Click the 'Resources and Additional Information' tab to learn about racial bias found in textbooks. Once you have gained an understanding, research what racial bias in textbooks looks like in your state. See what you find!
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Step 2 - Advocate by Email: Use the template e-mail in the 'E-mail Template' tab, and send it to the Board of Education in your state. The contact information can be found in the 'Board of Education Information' tab. Send your e-mail to everyone on the Board, and address to all the members. In your e-mail, cite anecdotes from your own personal experience growing up and learning about race. Cite what you would like to see more of. Cite what was wrong. If you all also found powerful research specific to your state in Step 1, include it! The more you personalize the e-mail, the more of an impact you can. In addition to e-mailing the members of the STATE Board of Education, e-mail your high school administration and the county's board of education too! More information on the power of anecdotal text here and here.
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Step 3 - Advocate by Phone: Call and reiterate what you said in your e-mail to state-level and county-level Board of Education members. Point them to your e-mail.
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Step 4 - Follow Up: If you don't receive a response, follow up once a week by e-mail. Make sure you keep the members accountable.
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Step 5 - Spread: Once you have done this, make sure 3-5 other friends also take action as well, and spread this information on social media (e.g. directly tweet at the school board or school board members, leave comments on the Board of Education's Facebook page/message the page, etc.), by e-mail, and through any other means (like texting!)
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Please note that this tool will be updated throughout the week with corrections. Please continue to refer back and submit feedback through this form. If there is anything else that you would like to see in regard to this, please also use the form to provide your suggestions. Thanks!
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