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3 Forms of Educational Bias That Can Make Your Institution Toxic

In higher education, there are lots of different people with differing viewpoints. Unfortunately, sometimes people who disagree discriminate against people who hold different views than they do. Bias and discrimination in higher education can corrupt the learning environment and undermine the effectiveness of the curriculum.

If you are a part of a higher education institution, it’s especially important to be able to recognize when such discrimination is occurring so you can put a stop to it. Here are three forms of educational bias you should watch out for that can make your institution toxic.

Viewpoint Discrimination

Heterodoxy is defined as dissenting or different from the mainstream. To properly understand the challenges felt by those struggling with heterodoxic viewpoints, it’s critical to understand the power of worldview. Your worldview is built into your personality often as a series of lessons from people you love and respect.

Your parents, teachers, mentors, and pastors may have all been involved in shaping your worldview or personal orthodoxy. If someone comes along and pulls on your worldview, trying to get you to see things from another viewpoint, this will cause discomfort and may result in offense, outrage, and fear.

Demographic Discrimination

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