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Black Teachers Hold Black Students To A Higher Standard

A new study by the Yale Child Study Center shows that implicit biases are first shaped by stereotypes teachers have of their own students. According to The Atlantic, these biases impact the expectations some Black educators have of Black students compared to their white counterparts.

The trend is a familiar one, documented across grade levels: Black students are disciplined more harshly than their white classmates. They’re about four times as likely to be suspended and almost twice as likely to be expelled. The pattern also extends to the youngest black learners. Federal education data released in June revealed black preschoolers were 3.6 times more likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions.

In the Yale study, 22% of the participants identified as Black, 67% as white demonstrated high or strong evidence of implicit biases. Black teachers admitted to holding young Black students to a higher behavioral standard even and recommend harsher discipline action to those student as opposed to their white peer.

Similarly, when the preschool educators learned the students’ family background, to offer some context for the “behavioral challenges,” the responses also diverged based on race. When the race of the teacher and the child were the same, there was greater empathy for the child; when the race of the teacher and the child differed, the additional family information led teachers to perceive the child’s behavior as more severe.

Read more of the study HERE. Are you surprised by the latest study or believe implicit biases is something that will remain the academic system forever?



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