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ERIC Number: ED116179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 11
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The Minority Image in Children's Books.
Hornburger, Jane M.
The minority image presented in the majority of children's books is too often a stereotype of a particular minority. Blacks are seen as ludicrous or unnaturally good, as ghetto bound, and--when portrayed in a group of characters--as the only dialect speakers in the group; American Indians are portrayed with depersonalization and ridicule; and Spanish American characters (including Mexicans and Puerto Ricans) suffer from the perpetuation of negative myths and the failure to define them as persons. Not only is it necessary to eliminate stereotypes in children's books, but it is also essential to bring minority group members into all phases of writing and publishing. In addition, teachers should select nonstereotyped reading materials, teach critical reading skills, and emphasize an understanding of other people through book discussions and role play. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (65th, San Diego, California, November 26-29, 1975)