Why Should Anthropology Be Integrated In Schools?

Anthropology can provide powerful tools for students and educators to understand themselves and others in today’s rapidly changing world. For example, contemporary anthropological perspectives on the concepts of race, ethnicity, culture, and nationality are especially germane for today’s students as they develop their sense of identity as a member of different groups. These concepts are also important as schools seek to address racial and ethnic conflict and develop positive intergroup relations. Anthropology also provides methodological tools that can be useful in schools, such as the practice of gathering multiple perspectives from different stakeholders in schools, including students, parents, and staff of diverse backgrounds. This practice can assist educational leaders to move toward more inclusive decision-making. Anthropology also represents an enormous resource for educators who want students to learn more about the history of non-Western peoples. Archaeology curricula, videos, and interactive museum exhibits are some examples of powerful, hands on ways for young people to learn about the past.

To view the AAA’s published position on race, click here AAA Statement on Race

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