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ERIC Number: ED266848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
No More Bias: Teaching Children to See the World without Limits.
Blankenship, Mary L.
To function fully in a global society, individuals must be able to meet people different from themselves in an open atmosphere, free from the bias of long held stereotypes. From the earliest days at school, teachers and schools can decisively influence children's attitudes toward their own and other groups. It is important to understand that stereotypes constitute the foundation of biased beliefs. Stereotypes strongly affect people's behavior because they are learned at a very early age. They tend to persist in adults despite experiential evidence to the contrary. In young children, stereotypes are strong but they are also in transition and can be changed. To begin to eliminate bias, teachers must reassess the cultural environment they present to the children in their care. Steps to changing stereotypes include teachers' awareness of their own attitudes, monitoring of their own behavior, evaluating the classroom and school environment, modeling non-stereotyping behavior, and setting an example by being sensitive to and genuinely caring for others. Four pages of references complete the document. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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