“Out to DeBunk the Bunk”: Antiracist Teaching in the 1940s and Today


by Zoë Burkholder - July 17, 2007

Inspired by horrific racial doctrines of Nazi Germany, American teachers during the Second World War designed some of the most daring and creative antiracist lessons ever seen in American schools. This essay analyzes critical “intercultural” lesson plans from the 1940s to see what they have to offer antiracist educators today. By teaching explicit lessons on the “scientific” definition of human race that demonstrated the biological equality of all people, these lessons highlighted the socially constructed nature of racism.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 17, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14552, Date Accessed: 10/14/2019 9:41:03 AM

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