Briefly, deficit ideology is a worldview that explains and justifies outcome inequalities- standardized test scores or levels of educational attainment, for example-by pointing to supposed deficiencies within disenfranchised individuals and communities (Brandon, 2003; Valencia, 1997a; Weiner, 2003; Yosso, 2005). Simultaneously, and of equal importance, deficit ideology discounts sociopolitical context, such as the systemic conditions (racism,Continue reading “Unlearning Deficit Ideology and the Scornful Gaze”
Over on my personal blog, I wrote about “Fundamental Attribution Error and Harm Reduction Theater”, two fixtures of our disability journey. Lee Ross defined FAE as a tendency for people, when attributing the causes of behavior, “to underestimate the impact of situational factors and to overestimate the role of dispositional factors in controlling behaviour”. That’sContinue reading “Fundamental Attribution Error and Harm Reduction Theater”
FAE attitudes and the “conquering gaze from nowhere” are rife in our systems, particularly education and healthcare. They are often leveled by straight, white, abled, neurotypical bodyminds against all other bodyminds. FAE and the conquering gaze exhaust our marginalized students, patients, and employees. Check your FAE. Check your gaze.