Inclusive Pedagogy

Shankar Vendantam argues that colorblindness is not rooted in psychological reality since our hidden brains will always recognize people’s races. The better approach is t put race on the table and to unpack the negative associations and superficial judgment. I agree with him and I think the issue is not with race but how we deal with race. Race does exist and it is natural to recognize it. However, racism is socially constructed and as educators, we need to educate ourselves and students to be aware of our implicit biases. Taking the implicit bias test might help in this regard. Another way that might help is to engage with people from varios backgrounds and reflect on our personal judgment and expression. During my master studies at Arizona State University, I had the honor of co-founding an organization called “Better Togather” to create positive, meaningful relationships across cultural differences. Through this organization, we fostered knowledge and appreciation of diverse traditions and inspired collective action for the common good. My engagement in Better Together taught me to embrace differences in culture, ethnicity, identity, religion, and ideology. Also, I learned about my implicit biases in many aspects and it challenged many stereotypes that I had.

Teaching inclusiveness, respecting diversity in our divided and full of conflict wold is very critical not just to foster creativity or increase financial gains of companies as mentioned in Phillips’ Article (even though these are good important gains). The shooting event in New Zeland mosque reminds us that hatred and discrimination could end innocent people lives. As educators, we should advocate and struggles for inclusive pedagogy inside and outside classrooms as fundamental educational value and basic human right issue.

2 thoughts on “Inclusive Pedagogy”

  1. Hi Mohammed,

    I agree that as educators we have a responsibility to also be advocates. I don’t buy the argument “I was hired for ____ department to teach XYZ so I’m only teaching that.” As educators, we are in a position of power and influence, and its important for us to help students see and unpack the “negative associations and superficial judgement” we carry with regard to race and other biases (when confronted with them). Hatred and discrimination can not be tolerated; we have to help students see those biases so they can grow from them (and out of them).

    I am interested to hear more about how you got “Better Together” up and running at Arizona State University and some of the lessons learned from that experience. Thank you for this insightful post.

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  2. I really like your post Mohammed and your excellent explanation of what is our responsibility toward educating ourselves and students to be away of racism and live this life with others without any differences in religion, colors, gender,..etc. I think the humanity is the key in this point.

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