Diveristy in Education, Chapter 11, Caprice Paduano
To holiday or not? Challenging question Don’t have at all? Special school holidays? Diverse range of all holidays? Not to decide do I or don’t I rather how can I ground the holiday activities in my anti-bias classroom?
Ways to ground holiday activities Holidays are one way to explore diversity Learning not celebrating Remember that holidays are not universal Respect holiday traditions of all Deep emotion is connected to holidays Families celebrate same holidays differently Official holidays have history, learn that Holidays are not culturally neutral Be thoughtful, sensitive and patient when making changes
Develop a Holiday Policy How would holiday activities serve each of the four anti-bias goals? What process will you use among staff to make decisions about which holiday to use and how? How will you work with families from diverse backgrounds to find mutually satisfying solutions to holiday issues How will you work with families who do not want their child participating in the holiday activities?
Guidelines for planning activities Understand the context of the holiday Play equitable respect Make for kids to share own experiences Consider birthday approaches Create unique celebrations Figure out how to work with families who don’t want their child to be a part