Decolonizing the Classroom

What it means to you to decolonize the anthropology classroom? What are the challenges (institutional or otherwise) that can impede your commitment to decolonizing anthropology?

Decolonizing our classrooms means unlearning many things, listening to others who have more authority to speak than us (especially on issues pertaining to settler colonialism and indigeneity), becoming allies where and when we can, and being humble about not knowing enough—acknowledging that we have a lot more to learn. For example, it was shocking for me to learn that many of my undergraduate students knew close to nothing about the violence of settler colonialism in Canada, the residential school system or the Sixties Scoop [in which children were removed from their families and communities for placement in foster homes].

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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