It’s been a while since I’ve read The Oatmeal and I’m glad to have become reacquainted. This is a great web comic with many relevant topics. Recently I saw something from The Oatmeal shared on Twitter and it seems very relevant to education, in general, but particularly when it comes to equity training and learning about our own implicit biases.
Here is the post: The Backfire Effect. The gist is that when we are confronted with information that challenges our core beliefs, our brain has a similar response to when we are physically threatened. In other words, people have a naturally heightened fear response when their knowledge or intellect is challenged. I don’t have much to add to that right now, but I thought this was very interesting and connected to education and equity work in a lot of ways.