Magazine article Working Mother

Race Matters

Magazine article Working Mother

Race Matters

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Chances are, your grade schooler has friends who fast during Ramadan and celebrate Kwanzaa. As multiculturalism continues to grow in America, he'll likely encounter many variations in race and culture in his classroom. Fortunately, more and more schools seek to educate students about race and racism, often through history lessons. And now, there's evidence that these lessons actually help improve kids' racial outlook.

New research from the University of Texas at Austin reveals that racial fairness mattered more to both white and black school-age children who learned about historical racial discrimination in school than to their peers who weren't offered the same lessons, with the white kids becoming less likely to accept racial stereotyping. While it's important to include race history lessons at school, it's also wise to initiate or extend the conversation at home to ensure your child's thoughtfulness about racial differences, says lead study researcher Julie Milligan Hughes, PhD.

Kids are exposed to racial bias at school, via the media and even from the jokes they hear adults tell. But learning about historical discrimination is clearer for kids to understand, says Dr. …

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