In reading and listening to the material this week, various points came to mind. A similar topic that was discussed in week four regarding mindful learning came into mind again this week when discussing the “Hidden Brain”. How we go into auto-pilot mode and do not fully consider everything that goes on around us, but more importantly what we are doing or what we are subconsciously thinking as a form of unconscious bias.
A strong example that was presented was the Belle Isle Bridge in Detroit, although the analysis and discussion that the hidden brain had on the event is not thoroughly discussed the setting and details of the event raise many questions. Specifically, why didn’t any one do anything? I think such a question is still something we can ask ourselves as a gateway to start evaluating how our own hidden brain works and what we would have done if we were present that day.
Looking over Georgetown’s inclusive pedagogy site, I appreciated the fact that they stated that we all have implicit biases. And that it is important for us to be aware of them and of strategies to handle them. Additionally, further consideration of ways to implement an inclusive classroom is relevant because we must consider methods to include all students and if we are unconsciously biased against one group of students we will not truly reach an totally inclusive classroom. If a need arises where a difficult converstaion as a class must be had, it’s better to have thought about it before hand and thinking of possible alternatives instead of dealing with it on the spot.
After a dinner party with some friends this evening, this whole section resonated with me. As they shared experiences of their students pointing out “gestures” or “faces” the professors make. The idea of he hidden brain and unconscious bias really explained a lot of why we do or what we do or think what we think, as well as how much we are expressing it without realizing it.