Identify the form (invisibility, stereotyping, fragmentation, linguistic bias, unreality, imbalance, or cosmetic).

This week We’re on to “Curriculum, Standards, Testing”, Module 9.
For discussion:
1. Thinking back to your school years, or even now as you take college classes, what are some forms of curriculum bias you have experienced?
2. What can/should a teacher do to circumvent different types of bias?
3. Identifying Bias in Instructional Materials
Let’s look at bias and discuss here. For each one,
1. Determine whether bias is present.
2. Identify the form (invisibility, stereotyping, fragmentation, linguistic bias, unreality, imbalance, or cosmetic).
3. Develop an alternative statement that would eliminate the bias.

1. The Iroquois were a fierce and warlike people. (America: Its People and Values)
Is bias present? ___________ What form(s) of bias? ______________________________

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2. The conservative nineteenth-century diplomat, Klemens von Metternich, is described as a man whose charm worked well with elegant ladies. (World History: Patterns of Interaction)

Is bias present? ___________ What form(s) of bias? ______________________________

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3. The contemporary farmer is radically different from the frontiersman of the past. He is knowledgeable in a complex, scientific endeavor, and his livelihood is dependent upon his efficiency.

Is bias present? ___________ What form(s) of bias? ______________________________

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4. In general, handicapped people are slow learners, but with assistance they can achieve a normal life.

Is bias present? ___________ What form(s) of bias? ______________________________

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5. The last chapter of a social studies textbook is devoted to American life during the 1970s. It includes the following topics: the Economy, New Space, Contributions of Black Americans, and the Energy Crisis.

Is bias present? ___________ What form(s) of bias? ______________________________

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6. The districts language arts textbook adoption committee has flipped through many possibilities and has becomes enthralled with a new edition that has wonderful multicultural photos of students.

Is bias present? ___________ What form(s) of bias? ______________________________

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M09 TRAINING DISCUSSION:
Now that you have more expertise in philosophies of education, let’s touch on this with our training:

A student in ed200 was asked about tutoring scenarios and potential problems. He was then asked for a solution. Read this and use the discussion board to comment on his solution and to tell us what you would do in this situation.

“Well, a potential problem is that you will possibly be placed with a teacher that you do not really care for and possibly flat out disagree with in terms of his or her teaching philosophy which is like another problem many students worry about: not finding the ideal job so taking one in a school/classroom with a philosophy you don’t like or agree with;

One student response: Right away you might think the problem is with the master teacher, or with the school or classroom, but the current problem is with you. The reason I say this is because if you let this teachers philosophy (school’s philosophy) get you mad and frustrated all 16 weeks or for as long as you work in the school, than you are going to miss out on the best possible experience that might change your life. I would encourage you to sit back put your ideas aside and observe, reflect and assess effectiveness. I promise you that if you do those things you will be a much better teacher and possibly change your own philosophy a little bit”

Ok, now use the discussion board to propose what you would do–first in the situation where you are tutoring in a classroom you don’t exactly like in terms of philosophy, and also, what would you think/do about accepting a job that is not your ideal choice, in terms of philosophy, a team teaching match up, etc. Include here comments on what this student suggested.
2. Please post what you would do, say regarding
(https://www.facebook.com/PatriotPost/photos/a.82108390913/10152143072400914/?type=1&theater) What would you say to that parent? What would you be saying to fellow teachers? If the link doesn’t work on your end (it does work here) then google the topic and find something similar.
3. During this week of my observation hours, the kids have been talking/learning a lot about Thanksgiving. They all seem very excited about the holiday, but Im concerned about how the teacher is introducing it. She started by reading a story to the children about the first Thanksgiving. The story had a lot of good information, but it frequently referred to the Native Americans as Indians and the teacher didnt bother to correct this or explain the inaccuracy of it to the kids. I dont want to challenge the teachers authority or try to correct her, but I know
its important for the kids to learn accurate information, not only for their own knowledge, but to avoid potentially offending people by referring to them incorrectly. Should I discuss this with the teacher privately or should I leave it alone and let the kids learn more accurate information when they get older?

Please use simple words because my teacher knows I’m not good at English.

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