By Louise Derman-Sparks, Julie Olsen Edwards
Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves offers practical guidance to early childhood educators (including parents) for confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity; most importantly, it includes tips for adults and children to respect each other, themselves, and all people.
Individual chapters focus on culture and language, racial identity, family structures, gender identity, economic class, different abilities, holidays, and more.
Publisher: National Association for the Education of You
Publication Date: October 1st, 2009
About the Authors
Louise Derman-Sparks is an internationally respected anti-bias educator and author (along with Julie Olsen Edwards) of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. She has co-authored several additional books with Dr. Carol Brunson Day (Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism), the ABC Task Force (Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children), Dr. Patricia Ramsey (What If All the Kids Are White?), and Dr. John Nimmo and Debbie Leekeenan (Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change).
She speaks throughout the United States and abroad, and served on the NAEYC Governing Board from 1998 to 2001. Louise has a lifelong commitment to building a more just society for all people. Her children Douglass and Holly, now grown, were her inspiration. A Pacific Oaks College faculty member for 33 years—when its mission and pedagogy reflected anti-bias education principles—Louise is now retired.
Julie Olsen Edwards
Julie Olsen Edwards began her early childhood education career working as a family child care provider as a way to stay home with her new baby. She went on to work for Head Start, teach in private and public preschools and parent cooperatives, and teach kindergarten and reading in elementary schools, and work with the community teen mother program. For 38 years, Julie was on the faculty of Cabrillo College’s early childhood education department, served as program chair, and was founding director of the campus Children’s Center. A lifetime activist for children and families, she continues to write, teach, and consult on issues of equity, diversity, and anti-bias; emerging literacy; and family life and empowerment. She served on the NAEYC Governing Board during 2003-2007. In addition to Anti-Bias Education, she also worked with Derman-Sparks and Ramsey on What If All the Kids Are White? For more information, visit Julie Olsen Edwards.
Merrie Najimy teaches math and science in primary school in Concord, MA. She began teaching elementary school in 1991 and is dedicated to integrating anti-bias, multi-cultural education into her daily curriculum and interactions with children. She has been a teacher trainer through programs such as Peacable Schools and the SEED project. She has served as a building rpesentative and president of her local teachers union, the Conocrd Teachers Association, and as president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
For the past 20 years, the first edition of Anti-Bias Education has been the single most influential text on early childhood anti-biaseducation. This long-awaited, updated edition adds new chapters, voices from the field, and questions for reflection throughout. As the introduction states, “Anti-bias work provides teachers a way to examine and transform their understanding of children’s lives and also do self-reflective work to more deeply understand their own lives.” Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves is an essential resource for any educator who wants to achieve these goals.
— Rethinking Schools
In this wonderful and long-awaited second edition, the authors compellingly invite early childhood educators to learn and reflect and to teach in new and daring ways. Their penetrating analyses and vivid, honest stories inspire all of us to challenge our assumptions and to work together to create a more just and equitable world.
— Patricia G. Ramsey, Professor, Mount Holyoke College