A new book co-researched and written by Cato College of Education professor Tracey Benson is drawing national coverage and acclaim for its incisive look into the role of unconscious bias in K-12 schools.
“Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism,” examines the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and describes how it negatively affects the work of educators and students in schools.
“We wrote this book to support the leaders we continue to meet who seek to interrupt the patterns of racial inequity at their schools and who feel isolated in that endeavor,” Benson said. “Readers will join us in discussing essential mindsets, leadership skills and concrete strategies to reduce the impact of racial bias in schools.”
In order to address unconscious bias, Benson and his co-author, Sarah Fiarman, argue, educators must first be aware of the racialized context in which we live.