Excellent post. I think community, educators and students should talk about this more. When Australians start to learn about our real history often our first feelings are of guilt, anger & “I didn’t do it” attitude…..we have to get over those feelings and start to learn & understand more. This blogger’s statement says it all: “I stopped feeling guilty and started feeling responsible to transform myself and the world around me.”
The other day, I came across a tweet about a Wisconsin school being investigated for teaching white privilege. Apparently, a parent at this particular school became very upset after reading the content of a course her son was taking titled “American Diversity.” The mother felt the curriculum was being used to teach white students that they are racist and oppressive. She also felt the lesson on white privilege made her son feel unearned guilt for being white.
I can’t speak to how the material was presented or what the exact lesson plans were, but my takeaway is simple: kids aren’t the only ones who need these lesson—adults do, too.
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