- Systemic racism in education refers to the entrenched racial disparities in systems and policies that negatively impact the U.S. education system.
- Systemic racism permeates almost every aspect of the U.S. education system. Common examples include inequitable funding, a lack of diverse curricula and an underrepresentation of teachers from different cultures.
- To fix systemic racism in education, government officials need to implement comprehensive reforms and policy changes. However, there are steps that educators and caregivers can take to mitigate it.
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What Is Systemic Racism in Education?
The History of Systemic Racism in Education
Five Examples of Systemic Racism in Education
1. Unequal Funding
2. Unfair Disciplinary Actions
3. A Lack of Diverse Curricula
4. Racial Achievement Gaps
5. Underrepresentation of Black and Brown Teachers
How to Change the Course of Systemic Racism in Education
- Caregivers and educators should make a concerted effort to build genuine relationships to keep track of how students are doing.
- Education professionals should be required to complete anti-bias training. This can help mitigate discrimination or assumptions about different cultures.
- Caregivers and education professionals should advocate for students from underrepresented communities.
- Families and educators need to advocate for leadership diversity within schools and school districts.