March 26, 2019
Teachers told to tackle racism
50,000 teachers have been told it’s time to start talking about racism.
The Give Nothing to Racism project has been developed by the Teaching Council working with the Human Rights Commission.
Principal’s Federation president Whetu Cormick says the resource released this week has been developed over the past couple of years and wasn’t a reaction to the events in Christchurch – though it can help with that conversation.
It ties in with a new code and standards developed by the Teaching Council.
"So what are we doing to engage with our Māori, what are we doing to create learning environments that are culturally appropriate for our young Māori? What are we doing for our Pasifika? WHat are we doing for our special education? I think over the coming year to two years those conversations are going to become even more robust as principals have to legally sign off their teachers that they have adhered to the code and standards," Mr Cormick says.
Some schools are already working on issues of structural bias through initiatives like the Māori Achievement Collective, other schools are searching for the resources they need to have the conversation, and there will be a small group of teachers who are still unaware of their bias or racism.
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