Pearson yesterday published the editorial guidelines that are directed to race, ethnicity, Equity and inclusion, becoming one of the first main editors of textbooks so that such guidelines are publicly available.

The document is intended to help authors, reviewers and publishers. In Pearson, based in London, it promotes diversity and prevents the spread of harmful stereotypes.

The guidelines identify several key challenges to address. These include the underrepresentation of minority ethnic groups in text, images and references; Descriptions of people of color that exaggerate negative associations and stereotypes; Lack stories of people's achievements; And the idea that social and economic disadvantages are the result of personal circumstances and decisions instead of systemic injustices and inequalities.

Pearson employee groups In both Americans and Great Britain began developing the guide more than a year ago. It was reviewed by Jason Ardik, a professor of sociology at the University of Durham in England, who wrote the Curriculum Black report.

Greater awareness and support for movements such as the black life and decolonization of K-12 and the University Study plans in the past year have raised questions about the lack of diversity in the publication industry , a predominantly personalized sector by white and middle people. The #PublishingPaidme movement illustrated that the authors of color are often paid much less than their white companions.

Some editors of textbooks faced a fierce criticism to the content they publish. A K-12 textbook of McGraw Hill Education, for example, was arranged in 2015 to label the enslaved people "workers". In 2017, a nursing textbook published by Pearson was accused of propagating stereotypes due to a controversial advice on how to evaluate patients according to their cultural background.

Pearson employees will receive training on how to implement the guidelines. This training is currently under development and is expected to be extended in the next 12 months, said Ebrahim Matthews, senior vice president of global schools for Pearson, who was part of a team that reviewed the guidelines.

The new guidelines follow previous movements focused on Equity in Pearson. In 2017, Pearson developed a global editorial policy, which highlighted the importance of diversity, Equity and inclusion, but did not cover these problems with great detail. An updated global editorial policy with improved standards for the content related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion and disability will be published later this year.

An audit of Pearson Textbooks with respect to the advertised guidelines yesterday are already underway, with more than 100 completed titles, Matthews said. The editor has already made changes in some titles, including a sociology textbook that presented an image of a black man who was handcuffed by white police officers.

While editors want to address systemic racism, many are not doing it effectively. , said Laura Jiménez, departmental chair for language education and literacy at the College of Education and Human Development of the University of Boston. Documents aimed at the public with images of images of different ethnic origins that seem to come from a "United Colors of Benetton Ad" are often made to show, with few changes behind the scenes.

"I 'go see some of these types of things in the last six months, maybe a year, since white people woke up to the horror that is, you know, the world, and All share very similar messages, "said Jiménez.

Communications oriented to the public of editors in educational markets and books often take a "neutral posture on oppression, claim that there are oppression, but they do not name who caused them," Jiménez said. Instead of talking about people who are members of minority groups that are being underrepresented, for example, she said that publishers should N


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