Sparks And Edwards 'Learning About Racial Identity'

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The content in Chapter 6 Learning About Racial Identity & Fairness introduce societal realities based on racial identities and fairness. The chapter explains that race is socially defined and is used to create division among groups of people. Although the racial discrimination is not as prevalent as in the past, it still impacts society today. Sparks and Edwards (2012) stated " the impact of race and racism continues to powerfully influence the life prospects of America's children," (p.77). Children learn their racial identities based off their family construct. Racial identities vary over time therefore educators must assist students to clearly understood the world around them. The information should be accurate and positive without judgement.
The content in the chapter was relevant and informative. Racial identity is a key component of our life. Sparks and Edwards (2012) explains that " children gradually construct an internalized racial identity as they grapple with making sense of the relationship between their external experiences and their internal response," (p. 78). I agree with the statement because children are effected by social factors that affects their racial identity. Children are sponges that absorb what they see in society. In addition, children interact with members in the community which …show more content…

In addition, it is critical that educators respect all identities regardless of their beliefs. Sparks and Edwards (2012) states that teachers should " pay close attention to the larger societal contexts as well as the individual family and life experiences that influence the racial identity and attitude development of each child we serve," (p.79). Educators should understand that cultural beliefs change and varies from person to person. However, racial and ethnicity does not

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