No matter what we might prefer to think, children do notice 'difference'. In fact, they are often attuned to identifying differences and similarities. The question to ask ourselves as adults is why we pretend that children don’t notice difference, or think noticing difference is a problem? What messages do our responses to the ways in which children do notice difference send and what is the impact of this? Human diversity is a wonderful reality and when children notice differences between people this doesn’t mean children think these differences are negative. If we don’t create positive spaces for discussing and addressing human diversity with young children, however, we create 'taboos' around the human differences that children might notice. Thus, we begin to accidentally enculturate children into the idea that some differences are 'bad', 'wrong', or 'unnatural'.
|Title of host publication||The Anti-bias Approach in Early Childhood|
|Editors||Red Ruby Scarlet|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, Australia|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2020|
- early years education