Posted: Wed, 03/10/2021 - 12:55
Blindspots are untrue assumptions that someone has based on their hidden bias they have about someone’s identity. Blind spots are also hidden biases around gender, race, ethnicity, lifestyles, social status, etc. that we have formed through our life experiences. We must first acknowledge that we have them! It can sometimes be easier for us to see blind spots in other people than it can be for us to see them in ourselves.
Watch the video below about blindspots and then read Basic Strategies from Learning for Justice to learn about strategies you can use to address biases. Think about what role does biases and blindspots play in the role of recruitment and student retainment in computer science. What are some assumptions or blindspots you have identified and made part of your classroom agreements? Are your strategies to Interrupt, Question, Educate and Echo? Do you use these conversations with your students and peers? What other strategies do you use to address bias in your computer science classrooms or professional learning communities?