Preschool children exhibit racial and gender biases: Findings from two experiments

Adult and child hands covered in paint

(U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Sandra Marrero)

new study provides evidence of racial and gender bias in preschool children. In two experiments, youngsters responded much less positively to photos of black boys than they did photos of white girls, black girls and white boys.

The paper, published in Developmental Science, claims to present “the earliest evidence of bias at the intersection of race and gender.” The youngsters’ behavior mirrors patterns of bias that earlier studies have found in adults, explained one of the lead authors, Danielle Perszyk of Northwestern University.

Perszyk said white and minority children showed the same biases. She also said the findings suggest kids may be picking up on cues about race and gender from their parents and others at an earlier age than previously thought.



Half of kids with mental health disorders in US don’t get treatment

An estimated 16.5 percent of U.S. children have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or ADHD — about 7.7 million kids — but about half don’t receive the help they need, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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MI Gov Whitmer names Doug Ross chief adviser

“Doug Ross has just been named as a chief adviser by Gretchen Whitmer. If you want to learn more about him, watch him standing with the Skillman Foundation President and soon-to-be Board President of the EAA, Carol Goss, Emergency Manager Robert Bobb, and Detroit Parent Network CEO Sharlonda Buckman at the 2010 rollout of Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD).
The ESD plan, called Taking Ownership, demanded the abolition of the elected Detroit Board of Education, a single point of accountability in the Mayor or Emergency Manager, the creation of the EAA, shutting down Detroit’s schools based on invalid test scores, and competition based on invalid test scores. He represents everything awful and rotten about market-based educational reform.
Watch him at the 7:00 mark of the video calling for a “replacement strategy” for DPS, “Competition, bring it on” and the closure of more DPS schools based on test scores.
He represents the worst of neoliberal education reform and racist public school dismantling for urban communities of color.”
Thomas C Pedroni
Wayne State University
Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Policy Sociology and Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project.

The Difficulty of Cleaning Arne Duncan’s Awful Policies Out of the Laws of 50 States

“…Arne Duncan was an extremely savvy politician. His Race to the Top competition magnified the test-and-punish policies of No Child Left Behind in 50 different ways and set them in concrete by bribing the 50 state legislatures to enact these policies into their own laws. By dangling Race to the Top money in front of state legislatures in 2009 at the height of a recession, Duncan made it hard for state legislatures to resist temptation. The result is that today, while Arne Duncan has left government to promote social entrepreneurship and work for a Chicago project of Lorene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, the educational policies of Race to the Top have been cast into the concrete of state laws, or at least buried in the statehouse sludge where nobody can remember them or identify them or pull them out. And they have seeped into the conventional wisdom.” – Jan Resseger


Sometimes I find myself considering how our society arrived in 2019 at what striking schoolteachers this year have been demonstrating is an existential crisis for our system of public education.

Partly, of course, Betsy DeVos, our current Education Secretary, and all her friends including the Koch brothers have been working for years to substitute privatized, marketplace school choice for what many of us prize as our universal system of public schools. The idea of public education is a network of schools in every American community, schools that are publicly owned, regulated by law, and operated by locally elected school boards. Our society’s promise, an ideal we have increasingly realized through a history of making the dream accessible to more and more children, is that the public schools will meet all children’s needs and protect their rights.  Supreme Court cases and civil rights laws have expanded protection for children of all…

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