• Tell a story for each of the following scenarios. After each
story, consider these questions: How did you feel after the in-
cident? How would you have liked to handle the situation?
— Tell a story about a time when you were a child and some-
one either did or did not stand up for you against some-
thing that was unfair or unjust. Tell another story about this
subject from adulthood.
— Tell a story about a time when you were a child and you
either did or did not stand up for someone else against
something that was unfair or unjust. Tell another story
about this subject from adulthood.
Discussing the Goals
In any discussion of the goals, it’s important to emphasize the need to
address all four goals as we begin our own journeys of awareness and
develop implementation strategies. Many people focus primarily on
Goal 2 and inadvertently fail to address Goals 1, 3, and 4. Goal 1 is
often omitted if there’s an assumption that anti-bias work is primarily
about relating to others (Goal 2). In fact, Goal 2 requires Goal 1’s de-
velopment of a knowledgeable, confident self-identity and group iden-
tity. Often Goals 3 and 4 are left out as people include diversity but
do not also foster each child’s critical thinking about bias or cultivate
each child’s ability to stand up, individually and with others, in the
face of it.
General Discussion Questions
• What do each of the four goals mean to you?
• Do these goals reflect what you thought a culturally relevant
anti-bias approach was about?
• Do any of the goals raise questions or concerns for you?
• What memories do you have of learning to identify bias
against your own group or against another group?
• What experiences do you have, as an individual or in a
group, of standing up against bias and injustice?
Chapter 1: The Four Goals for an Anti-Bias Approach