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Monday, January 2, 2012

Teaching Children To Respect One Another


Has anyone seen research where the researcher asks children, instead of a closed ended question like "Who is the smart one" but instead "Are all phenotypes equally nice and equally smart?" (Children may not know what a phenotype is but that creates a good opportunity to explain that a phenotype is only skin deep). Children can then be asked to explain their answer and where they learned their knowledge or stereotypes. Maybe they learned it from TV, radio, friends, students, family or even their parents.

This is the deeper dialog I would like to hear in grade school. Before children form all sorts of biases - adults should help them understand what a stereotype is and why stereotyping is wrong.

If it's found that a parent is teaching hate shouldn't that parent have a "Come to Jesus" intervention?  Isn't it better to stop hateful teaching before it grows into another hate crime?  




CNN's full story here


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Glenn is a European-American married to a Mexican-American. They have two children. Glenn is interested in progressive immigration reform, and desegregation within schools and communities. He is a life long learner with interests in sociology, anthropology, psychology, history and politics.
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