Discussion: Children and Prejudice
Post your responses to the Discussion based on the course requirements.
“One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”
—Franklin Thomas, TFF Study Group (non-profit organization assisting development in South Africa)
Review the excerpt from “What If All the Children in My Class Are White? Historical and Research Background.” Pair this with what you have read this week in the text regarding middle childhood development to think about how and why prejudice and bias may emerge.
Considering what you have been learning about child development and the information included in these resources, complete the following:
By Day 3
Post a response to the question:
- What would you need to know in order to have a complete understanding of the factors that influence whether or not children in late childhood develop racial or ethnic stereotypes and prejudice?
By Day 7
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in any of the following ways:
- Build on something your colleague said.
- Explain why and how you see things differently.
- Ask a probing or clarifying question.
- Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
- Offer and support an opinion.
- Validate an idea with your own experience.
- Expand on your colleague’s posting.
- Ask for evidence that supports the posting.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Consider what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.