Another thought that surfaced recently in thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday is how to honor the narratives of the natives of this land and recognize how their side of the story is not told. I think back to my elementary school days where I was told stories about how the pilgrims and the natives came together to share food to demonstrate peace between the groups of people. I still see this story being told in our classrooms and I feel there is an opportunity to role model cultural humility by learning stories from the natives of the land to honor their voices during a holiday that may remind them of trauma that the entire native population had to experience.
So as you are thinking about what you are going to cook this holiday season , just take a moment and think about the untold stories and how we can start to create spaces to listen and learn from diverse cultural traditions and practices.
There are many critical practices for promoting anti-bias education. Here are a few to consider when entering this season of holidays and events that favor those students who participate in the dominant culture: