Jul 20, Are confining social rules and stereotypes interfering with your child’s intellectual growth?

Stereotype threat: Yes, children notice stereotypes about race, gender, and wealth. And the effects aren't good. © 2008-2017 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved The everyday reality of stereotype threat Societies everywhere sort people into categories, and children are paying attention. Not only do they notice cues about gender, wealth, and ethnicity, they also perceive the stereotypes that go with these categories. And it starts early. Toddlers are quick to pick up on cultural norms about gender, and apply them to roles, activities, and toys (Halim et al 2016). Four-year-olds expect wealthy students to be more competent in the classroom (Shutts et al 2016) Elementary school children are familiar with racial stereotypes, and have a bias for assuming that members of cultural out-groups are more likely to commit moral wrongs (Liberman et al 2017; Wegmann et al 2017). What price do we pay for these attitudes? There are the conspicuous costs: Hate crimes, bullying, blatant ac..
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