To assist you in identifying and challenging adultism in schools, I’m adapting this list of common phrases educators have been conditioned to use throughout schools. They try to silence students with these phrases, especially when students challenge them, pushback or otherwise disagree. The phrases below are often used by educators against students. Students of color, […]
FACILITATOR NOTES Introduction: Inquiry-based lesson plan for 4-16 students and adult participants Goal: When this session is complete, participants should be able to… Acknowledge issues and concerns Anticipate and plan for problems before they occur Time: 40 minutes Materials: Flip chart paper and markers; index cards and pens/pencils Space: Enough to accommodate whole group Considerations: Even […]
It is tempting to think that if you just pay attention to students’ voices, you will hear what you already know. Secretly, adults – outside schools as well as in – generally believe that they know best. – Barbara Cervone & Kathleen Cushman (2002)
Adultism in schools is bias towards adults that results in discrimination against students. It has a lot of causes, takes many different forms, and creates a lot of different outcomes. This article explores adultism in schools.
Student tokenism happens when adults use students to validate adult views, actions or ideas. Tokenism happens in school policy and through activities in education every day. It is so deep in schools that many students and adults never know they’re tokenizing student voice, and students don’t know when they’re being tokenized. Students often internalize tokenism, which takes away […]