1) Critical Race Theory argues race and racism are timeless, then challenges constructed ideologies, and is committed to social justice and the end of racial subjugation.
2) Formal curriculum's portrayal of African Americans and Native Americans is extremely lacking. Textbooks focus on eurocentric perspectives and toss other perspectives to the wayside. Where most of the diverse storylines are "showcased" in the columns and footer of textbook pages.
3) The text argues that textbooks are the main way society receives racial messages. I don't know how much I agree with this. I think that this generation receives more context and and messaging from social media and news media.
4) If education is done well, it gives a plethora of opportunities for both students and staff to become aware of their biases as well as becoming aware of the implicit biases in the things we experience everyday. There are simple things that can be done in setting a classroom tone as well as explicit lessons to develop critical thinking skills students can apply to themselves and to the world around them.
Every time a new source is introduced, there is a discussion to be had about what the purpose is, who the author is, and what potential biases could be at play. By consistently doing this, it develops a natural habit for students that will slowly work its way into their lives in such a way that is natural and doesn't take an excess of effort.
Then, another thing that can be a useful modeling technique is being self-aware as a teacher. Acknowledging personal biases during lessons and discussions will not only increase pathos but will give them something to model when they begin to have discussions about "touchy topics" of their own.
These are just a few photos showcasing my time at MSU. Lots of memories and even more smiles.