How come schools don't teach contemporary history
Discrimination : "There is no school without racism"
An expression of racism is, for example, neo-linguicism: This means that certain non-German languages such as Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Kurdish are more likely to be devalued in the school as an institution. And there is an agreement to be German about what Germans should look like. If someone does not correspond to this image, it often goes hand in hand with the agreement of competence.
The most important thing is not to deny that racism exists, to talk about it, and to make racism a classroom topic.
How does criticism of racism succeed in school?
The most important thing is not to deny that racism exists, to talk about it and to make racism the subject of the class. Often, however, the teachers do not even notice racism in everyday life because they themselves have knowledge that racism has taught them and apply it every day - whether they want it or not. Often they are not even aware of it. That means you first have to ask yourself questions: What is happening in my classes in terms of things that have to do with racism? Do my teaching materials promote racist ideas? For example, how migration is thematized in school textbooks plays a role: Is it thematized as a danger or a challenge, or are achievements that go hand in hand with migration also described? Is racism an issue outside of National Socialism? Is reference made to the students' world?
I think it is very important that criticism of racism is seen as a professional competence. Just as teachers teach their students grammatical or mathematical structures, they should also be able to teach them skills in relation to criticism of racism.
Are teachers adequately qualified for this in their training?
So far, criticism of racism has hardly played a role in teacher training. Something should change here. And when it comes to further training events on this topic in school, these are usually addressed to the pupils. But I think it's important to get the teachers on board as well.
There is no such thing as a 'racism gene', we learn to be racist.
Where does racism in children and adolescents come from?
There is no such thing as a “racism gene”, we learn to be racist. Children's books, for example, depict migrants in positions that are not prestigious. Black people are often portrayed as stupid - including in Walt Disney films. Or if someone says something negative about refugees at a family celebration, it may not be an issue in the family. This accumulates knowledge that even children use to structure their world.
Research in kindergarten has shown that children as young as three to four years old know that women have less power than men in our society, and that is reflected in their role-playing games, and they also know who looks like they are more Has power in our society and whoever looks like he has less power. That means: We learn racism very early on. It is therefore important that educators are trained accordingly so that they know how to portray our diverse society in kindergarten and how racist images do not get stuck in their heads.
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