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Confronting Our Discomfort

Clearing the Way for Anti-Bias in Early Childhood

Tamar Jacobson
Foreword by Mem Fox

ISBN 978-0-325-00569-0 / 0-325-00569-9 / 2003 / 160pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: PreK - 2nd
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    Confronting Our Discomfort is both practical and visionary . . . And maybe best of all, it’s fascinating with all the personal stories, examples, and quotes. I couldn’t put it down!
    —Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Author of Multicultural Issues in Child Care
    I urge all educators who desire to create anti-bias/multicultural programs to run to their nearest computer to purchase [this book] and then actively use it with themselves and the other adults with whom they work.
    —Louise Derman-Sparks, Pacific Oaks College, Author of Anti-Bias Curriculum
    Tamar Jacobson invites us to look more deeply into our own hearts and minds, to engage in the sometimes troubling, sometimes exhilarating soul work that will allow us to become better teachers.
    —William Ayers, U of Illinois at Chicago, Author of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher

How do our own attitudes get in the way of anti-bias in the classroom? In this practical resource, Tamar Jacobson provides a framework for early childhood teachers and education professors to confront this issue head on.

And she knows whereof she speaks. Growing up Jewish in the former colony of Rhodesia, Jacobson is in a unique position to challenge us with her disquiet, move us with her perspective, and change our ideas. What's more, she guides us along the tricky path towards an anti-bias curriculum—showing us how to see our own shortcomings, stop the perpetuation of negatives, and clear the way for children to gain a greater understanding of the world and its possibilities.

Forword by Mem Fox
Acknowledgments
What We Do Matters
Reflections on Bias
Confronting Our Discomfort: Clearning the Way
In and Out of Confidence
How to Set Up a Support–Supervision Group
Courage and Compassion
References

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Confronting Our Discomfort is both practical and visionary . . . And maybe best of all, it’s fascinating with all the personal stories, examples, and quotes. I couldn’t put it down!