Assumptions, Biases & Irrational Fantasies

Statin’ My Purpose…

I’m an early childhood education professional. I’m most interested in early childhood curricula, and more specifically implementation of anti-bias curricula.

When implementing anti-bias curricula, you have to do more than look at the concepts behind acceptance and inclusiveness. You have to look at yourself and confront your own biases and deal with your demons and stuff. So that’s what I’m doing here.

This will involve a lot of self reflection.Β  That may include me talking about my own personal -isms and how and why they manifest in my daily interactions. I do this so that I can be more effective as I promote anti-bias work in my career. Living my ideals and whatnot.

I thought about giving some of my demographics on this page, for the sake of context, but I think I’ll just fill in the blanks as I go along.



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  1. * Laina Dawes says:

    Hey Atena;

    Can you send me an email address where I could contact you?

    Thanks, Laina

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  2. * The ESC says:

    Hi, I’ve been “enjoying” reading this very much. (I put that word in quotes not because I don’t enjoy being mentally stimulated, but because I don’t want to limit your work by classifying it as mere “entertainment” nor do I want to imply that I am entertained by racism/bias, heh). Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say.

    I “enjoy” your blog. Also, thanks for “agreeing” with me now twice (so far) on… It’s nice to know that sometimes someone at least sort of “knows what I mean”. πŸ™‚

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  3. * v says:

    Hi, i just found your blog via a comment of yours on blogher. i’m really interested in what you’re doing here. i’ve never come across the term “anti-bias” before but i have similar things im trying to do. thank you for introducing the concept to me πŸ™‚

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  4. * Joshua says:

    Hi Atena,

    I was just doing some research for a piece I’m writing related to issues of race and identity and came across this site. As a white man in this society, with a relatively high awareness (self-judged) of the abiding realities of racism, and the thousands of little attenuating shards of complexity and difficulty and ugliness that are its fallout, it is hard to know, for want of a better way to phrase it, what will make a difference, what role the individual might play in addressing these realities. I was struck by your writings because yours is, I think, an articulate, self-searching, and compelling voice, and I can’t help but believe that in our ability, as individuals, to make this kind of honesty and thoughtfulness manifest to others, maybe we are taking meaningful steps (a metaphorical downpayment?) toward a future in which the historical memory that moves us, and the social norms that guide us, are more informed by a sense of each others’ realities and needs and complexities than we experience at the moment. Which is to say, I appreciate both what you’ve shared, and your willingness to do so.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  5. * Michael Tim says:

    I love your site! πŸ™‚

    Experiencing a slow PC recently? Fix it now!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago
  6. * Annie says:

    Hi Atena,

    Like Laina asked (3 years ago…), can you send me an email address where I could contact you as well? πŸ™‚


    | Reply Posted 8 years, 9 months ago

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