‘Brown babies’: The Mischlingskinder Story

Emmy award–winning journalist and executive producer Regina Griffin presents her  documentary, Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story, at a free screening Tuesday, January 7, at noon at the National Archives Building in…

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New Texas charter school will start teaching students in 3 languages

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“A charter school opening in Arlington Texas will emphasize international cultures and languages.

The International Leadership of Texas’ curriculum will require students to master three languages — English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.”

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Simple interventions bridge the achievement gap between Latino and white students, Stanford researcher finds

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“…a simple intervention made with middle school Latino American students reduced the achievement gap significantly. What’s more, the positive effect persisted over time.

The matter comes down to overcoming the negative effects of “stereotype threat,” a phenomenon that researchers have identified and documented over the last two decades. What they have found – in numerous studies – is that the stress and uncertain sense of belonging that can stem from being a member of a negatively stereotyped group undermines academic performance of minority students as compared with white students.”

“A second study looked at whether affirmation interventions could lessen the persistent threat to Latino Americans’ identity caused by the overt or subtle presence of racial and ethnic stereotypes and prejudices.”

“Latino students who had participated in the affirmation exercises were less likely to see daily stress and adversity as threatening to their identity and sense of belonging in school.”

“…tasks provide reassurance about who they are…”

As to why the interventions affected minorities but not white students, Cohen said, “Latino Americans are under a more consistent and chronic sense of psychological threat in the educational setting than their white counterparts on average. They constantly face negative stereotypes about their ability to succeed, so they are the ones to benefit the most from affirmations that help them to maintain a positive self-image.”

“reframe adversity and challenges as temporary phenomena rather than looming signs that they somehow don’t belong”

“underperformance is frequently not a function of individual inadequacy, but rather systemic failure”

“A threatening environment can make smart kids less likely to show what they know”

Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

I’ll bet y’all kind of knew this in your heart, even before the study.
Elephant in the room, why did they non mention African American students?

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Susannah Heschel | Jonathan Kozol | Smiley & West

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Education activist Jonathan Kozol, previews the January 17th event Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty.

Dartmouth professor Susannah Heschel reflects on the legacy of her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

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The Shame of the Nation | Jonathan Kozol

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“Since the early 1980s, when the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, segregation of black children has reverted to its highest level since 1968. In many inner-city schools, a stick-and-carrot method of behavioral control traditionally used in prisons is now used with students. Meanwhile, as high-stakes testing takes on pathological and punitive dimensions, liberal education has been increasingly replaced by culturally barren and robotic methods of instruction that would be rejected out of hand by schools that serve the mainstream of society.”

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Glenn Robinson‘s insight:


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Race, Poverty and Educational Equity – Room for Debate – NYTimes

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Counting students by race has relevance because blacks and Latinos continue to experience educational inequality.
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