What should you do when you have a curriculum that you believe may be teaching sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or racist material?
This post will help you understand what you need to do to make sure you have the materials that are appropriate for your school.1.
Identify the teaching material you have access to2.
Assess your knowledge of teaching materials in relation to how the material is presented in the curriculum3.
Identifying the teaching materials that may be appropriate for the school4.
Review your knowledge and resources to determine whether the materials are appropriateFor the following, I have been looking for a way to make my own personal assessment.
I am not saying I have done this to give a positive answer, but simply to make it easier to figure out what you might want to assess and how.2.
Identification of the materials you haveaccess toThis will be important if you are a teacher.
If you have no access to the materials, it may not be appropriate to include them in your curriculum.
In this instance, you should ask your parents to consider which material is appropriate for their child.
This may include what they would expect to see in the classroom, the materials they use in the home, and whether or not the materials reflect the values of the community in which they live.3.
Assessing your knowledge in relation, to how teaching materials are presented in your schoolThis is a very personal matter and may be influenced by your parents, school, or community.
Ask yourself:What are the views of your parents?
Are they supportive of teaching these materials?
Do they view the materials as appropriate for children of a particular age group?
If not, ask what they think about them.4.
Assessed knowledge and resource to determine, based on what you know and resources available, whether the materialis appropriateFor this question, I will use the word “should” as opposed to “shouldn’t”.
In the case of a curriculum, you can only have one opinion, and in this case you may be able to find evidence that supports your position.
For example, I might know that the materials were used in a particular school and that the teacher did not consider it sexist, and so it is reasonable to assume that the material was not appropriate for that school.
I can also consider that the resources that were used to prepare the materials for the curriculum were not appropriate and so that you may also be able find evidence of that.
For example, the information in the following examples is based on my own understanding of how the materials in a curriculum are presented:In the following example, you will see a text from a course on breastfeeding in a classroom setting.
It may be important for you to have a better understanding of what is being taught in your class, but it is not essential to the curriculum and is not relevant to your decision whether the content is appropriate or not.
If it was, you would probably be able just to assume the content was appropriate for this class.
The content could have been used in the same class, with the same teacher, and there would be no need for you or your parents or other people to consider whether the information was appropriate or inappropriate.4a.
Identified the materials your parents have access To help you assess the appropriateness of the material, you may have parents that you can talk to.
For this purpose, it is useful to find out what they are interested in and what they may be interested in other issues related to teaching.
These may include, for example, how they see the material being presented in their classroom, and how they might respond to the content.
They may also have relevant information about how the teacher has used the materials.
For more information, see How to Identify a Parent for Your School’s Bilingual Bilingual Teachers Act and What to do if Your School is Bilingual in the School Curriculum.
For a list of other relevant resources, see The Bilingual Education Act (the Act) and Bilingual Teaching Materials.4b.
Assisted you to identify the materials available for your childThis may include contacting a teacher or an educator in the area of English or a language other than English, such as Spanish or Arabic.
You should also contact your local school or school council, as the resources mentioned above may be required to be developed.
For further information, read About Supporting Teachers in your School.5.
Reviewing your resources to assess the materialsYou can use this process to make your own assessment, but you need information from others to help you.
If the materials have already been presented in a class or other setting, or if you know that teachers in that classroom are considering how the content may be used, you need the support of your teachers.
For information on supporting teachers in your community, see Supporting Teachers for a School (the ACT).6.
Reviewed your resources in relationTo this step, I am using the term “assessed”