Learning and Unlearning Racism through Schooling and Public Education
Schooling and other forms of education, including public education, play a decisivie role in constructing racism. This happens through curricula that endorses sanitised views of history and the privileges implicit in whiteness, for example. Teaching practices as well as the language of the classroom also consolidiate notions of belonging and 'foreigness'. On the other hand, education can play an important role in challenging racism and forming inclusive and political understandings of community. Thus, education plays a pivotal role in creating and disturbing barriers and this session welcomes papers that address the following issues;
- the role of international education in brokering movement of people, ideas and capital
- understanding the influence of public education, including the media, in the vilification of minorities
- curricula as a narrative of nation, belonging, dispossession and 'foreigness'
- education as a platform that challenges racism
- schooling as a common means of understanding who we are and our place in the world or nation, for example through school choice and formal and informal segregation according to class, colour and religion.
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