What I’m Reading VII

Time for a quick recap of what I’ve been reading (and watching) this week.

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School choice may seem like a great idea, but it doesn’t work the way you might think. The story starts in the mid-1950s, with Brown v. Board of Education.


A new study came out that inspired this article about how students of color perceive the American meritocracy system. The results suggest that if students of color really believe that the system is fair (i.e. everyone has a fair chance at “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps”) then they are more likely to internalize stereotypes and believe negative views about their group. This article touches on the idea of being part of the majority group, and how individuals with privilege will most often believe that the system is fair, and it usually is for that group.

It’s never too early to talk with your children about race/racism. Here’s a step-by-step guide for every age. Racial and ethnic socialization (RES) should be incorporated into everyone’s parenting practices. In light of the all-too-frequent local shootings of children of color, what are parents of color supposed to do? Thankfully, the American Psychological Association has taken a clear interest in this!


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