What is Decolonization of the Syllabus?
Decolonization of the syllabus describes the process of undoing colonizing practices. It discusses different ways in which we can become more aware about cultural sensitivity and representation, and expecting that college students fit a certain expected stereotype. Within the educational context, this means confronting and challenging the colonizing practices that have influenced education in the past, and which are still present today.
Decolonizing the syllabus means:
Perhaps the most essential part of decolonization is continual reflection. Schools should be willing to reflect on curriculum, power dynamics, their own structuring, and any action undertaken on behalf of their students.
Finally, decolonizing the syllabus means rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach to education in favor of validating students' experiences, fostering their strengths, and educating the whole person- not just the intellect.
(adapted from https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/youthsociety/assets/docs/briefs/decolonizing-education-research-brief.pdf)
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