This year our SPACE program will focus on developing our understanding of our own identities, the identities of others, and differences between people – particularly in regards to race. Through games, crafts, and other age-appropriate activities, we will explore our racial bias and how we can counter it individually and together. This will be framed in an understanding of anti-racism, and other anti-oppression work, as being a reflection of our principles and central to who we are and how we act as UUs.
Our SPACE Program is for children from Kindergarten-Grade 5.
Content will include:
- Develop connections between love in action, the 7 Principles, and the communities of home, school, faith, and world
- noticing/appreciating skin shades, identities, and family styles
- getting to know a person and not judging by appearance
- developing empathy
- valuing cultures and practices
- justice for all
- willing and unwilling immigrants
- freedoms and loss of freedom
- human rights
- white privilege and white supremacy
- racism in Canada
- residential schools
- equity and equality
- stereotyping, responding to bias and bullying
FOUR CORE GOALS OF ANTI-BIAS EDUCATION*
- Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
- Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.
- Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe
unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts. Each child will demonstrate
empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.
- Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.
* From Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards, 2010. Anti-Bias Education for
Young Children & Ourselves.
Note: Anti-racist curriculum has been based on the “Growing Anti-Racist UUs” curriculum from Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church (UU).