Bias Of Early Childhood : Children And Elementary Students Essay

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Bias in Early Childhood Songs
Music for Early Childhood-New Dimensions in Music is a song book consisting of one hundred and sixty-five short songs intended for young children and elementary students. At first glance, it seems like a very appropriate resources to use in a typical elementary music classroom. It includes many classic folk and patriotic tunes which are important for young children to learn. The songs are also quite culturally diverse with folk tunes and styles from nineteen different countries. While delving in deeper, it can be seen that all seven biases are present in these songs and therefore this book should not be in the hands of young students. When this anthology was published in 1970, the general population was not very sensitive to those of all minorities. As a result, Music for Early Childhood- New Dimensions in Music should not be used as a whole in the classroom today. The first page initially shows cosmetic bias which can be seen below. It is a picture of three young children who are black, white, and Latina. A reader’s first impression may assume that this anthology is very sensitive and aware of all types of people. In some ways this proves to be true, but overall the racial bias is still very evident. This is where invisibility bias plays a role. There are folk tunes from an outstanding amount of countries including: America, France, Germany, England, Jamaica, Mexico, Finland, Japan, and more. The problem that arises is that most of them do…

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