An education in inequality

“A recent study by the Yale University Child Study Center shows that Black children — especially boys — no matter their family income, receive less attention, harsher punishment and lower marks in school than their White counterparts from kindergarten all the way through college. A subsequent article published in “The Washington Post” reported that Black children in the Washington, D.C. area are suspended or expelled two to five times more often than White children. It’s a national trend that needs to be addressed.”

From News One, more here.

2 thoughts on “An education in inequality

  1. Deeply disheartening! My guess is that this phenomenon aligns pretty deeply with implicit bias, and that until educators understand implicit bias, they (we) will have a hard time believing that they (we) are part of the problem. (It would be interesting to see how teacher demographics line up with the differential treatment. If implicit bias studies are any guide, though, implicit bias may track internalized oppression too…)

  2. I’m afraid to adress this we would have to admit that the US of reality and the US of rhetoric are not that same and that is simply unthinkable. Once you start on that road, citizens start asking all sorts of unpleasant questions about human rights and imperialism. I think most people will find it much more convenient to pretend the study is just race-baiting by evil liberals.

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