Bringing in student culture, ethnicity, and backgrounds into the classroom can be beneficial for all learners (Gay, 2013). Anthropologists have been urging schools to insert culture into education instead of education into culture for decades (Ladson-Billings, 2006). Yet, our country is more divided than ever. There continue to be dramatic gaps in performance between White students and Black Indigenous People of Color students. Therefore, schools must push past multicultural education and the notion of integrating culture into schools and instead commit to implementing anti-racist education. There are three common goals of anti-racist education: (a) identifying or making visible systematic oppression; (b) challenging denial of complicity in such oppression; and (c) transforming structural inequalities. The adoption of an anti-racist education through the implementation of these goals is the only way that schools will start closing the opportunity gaps that have been plaguing our schools for decades. The steps necessary for educators and schools to achieve these goals are described in this paper.
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