Today will be a whole class discussion. Give feedback to students as they respond.
Ask questions that help them realize that bias isn’t necessarily negative.It is simply having a preference that is personal and not based on some kind of fact. Liking strawberries more than blueberries is one kind of bias. Not right or wrong, just a preference.
The goal is to understand that bias is inherent in all our lives. It is whether that bias is unfair to someone else that matters.
How would you define bias?
Let’s look at the words and concepts you identified.
[Take some time to discuss this.]
Let’s settle on one definition of bias as meaning “to favor one point of view over another”. Bias is acceptable when it causes no harm – like preferring strawberries to blueberries. Bias is unacceptable when it harms others or allows harm to others.
Here’s an example of bias if you need it: A teacher might really prefer short, crisp, tidy haircuts. That teacher may always choose that hairstyle personally. That bias is totally acceptable. Almost everybody has some preferences about how we feel comfortable with how we wear our hair. It would be unacceptable for that teacher to be less supportive of students who wore their hair in a style other than crisp and short. It would be unacceptable for those students to get graded down, called on or chosen less often. It would also be unacceptable for the teacher to show favoritism toward students who had short, crisp haircuts.
Today notice whether your circle of friends includes only people who are very similar to yourself or people who have some similarities and some differences.