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I attended the ‘Race, Gender and Class in Early Education’ class hosted by Angela Berkfield and Mikaela Simms this past spring. Angela and Mikaela were great at not only relaying information that was thought provoking but asking us questions we would never ask ourselves or each other. We talked about our childhoods, the way we were brought up and how that may or may not have impacted our current way of thinking. We also talked about how the media portrays people of different races, classes and genders.And it was great to be able to voice an opinion and have a respectful discussion without feeling any judgement or guilt. I think these classes are a great way to help educate parents and teachers on how to talk about these issues at home and school. Young children notice the differences in themselves and their peers from a very early age. They also notice the subtle ways in which adults talk about and judge other people while also absorbing what they see in the media. Children should have an environment where they are able to discuss and learn about each other with open hearts and minds.