Understanding Implicit Bias Through Photography – Teaching Tolerance Magazine

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/understanding-implicit-bias-through-photography

Background

Students examine portraits taken by photographer Wing Young Huie and discuss their assumptions about the subjects in the photos. They then explore the concept of implicit bias and create a photography project about implicit bias as it relates to their own identities.

Level: School 

Grade Level: 7-12

Location: Rural Northeast Minnesota

Goals

  • Provide a safe environment for students to explore their own implicit biases and to take steps to become more understanding of others
  • Use photographs as a tool to explore identity and bias 
  • Use art and writing to explore implicit bias 

Grantee Reflection

“Students need to be able to talk about difficult things going on in their lives and communities with someone who cares about them. Providing the opportunity to share takes effort. We all need to listen.”

Procedure

Interested? Here’s how you can do this project in your classroom.

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