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Unconscious bias and education

The paradigm of unconscious bias, provides a much-needed pathway out of the mire of racism. The framework posits that bias is a natural human characteristic, socialised into us by a complex mish-mash of cultural messaging. We have affinity with people who are like us and more difficulty building relationships with people we don’t understand. It’s the law of attraction. Rather than understanding other cultures, the starting point for change then is understanding our own biases, and mitigating their impact on our decision- making and interactions with others.

Read the 2016 report from Oranui, Unconscious bias and education – a comparative study of Māori and African American students.