Study finds bias against African American boys starts in preschool

2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 29 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:59:00 PM CDT September 29, 2016 in News
By: Emma Rechenberg, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Teachers in Columbia say the need for diversity training in schools is made clear by a new study that shows educators tend to assume African American boys lean toward bad behavior.

The Yale Child Study Center released a study earlier this week examined implicit bias between preschool teachers regarding African American boys.

Teachers watched 12 different 30-second clips of a white boy, a white girl, a black boy and a black girl in the classroom. They were then instructed to determine which child exhibited “challenging” behaviors. Researchers tracked where the teacher's’ eye movement went, and found their gazed remained longer on the African American boy.

Candace Kuby, an MU associate professor of early childhood education, said she was not surprised to hear the study's findings. 

She referenced the "Clark Doll Test" which had children identify traits to either black or white dolls. She said adults continuing this bias is not shocking.

To prevent this discrimination, a diversity course for MU students is required before they enter their teacher preparation classes.

"That whole course is set up to look at different kinds of diversity, whether it's racial, ethnic, or multi-languages that children speak today," Kuby said. "It helps them to have readings and conversations about that and bring in different kinds of multimedia videos that will help them to think about their own self and their own experiences."

She said social studies methods classes and literature classes are some of the courses where students must "unpack" their implicit biases.

"Diversity is infused in most of our classes," Kuby said. "When they take children's literature classes they talk about how books can have implicit biases if you have certain types of literature with white, homogeneous families, what message does that send to students in the classroom?"

Paul Prevo, owner of Tiger Tots Child Development Center, said he has not observed similar bias in his school.

“We actually look for teachers that have a passion and a love for working with all children and at Tiger Tots we have a very diverse group of students,” he said.

He said Tiger Tots has students from a variety of countries including Ukraine, China, Singapore and Congo.

“We welcome children of all races and creeds and we just love them all the same,” Prevo said.

Prevo said he hires teachers who come from diverse backgrounds and who treat students fairly when it comes to discipline. 

“We ask them what they are doing, we give them a choice of what they are supposed to be doing or give them a consequence, and then we follow through with their choice,” Prevo said. “By doing that and by treating each student the same, we’re able to not allow bias to enter the picture, but instead recognize that each child regardless of their background still has the same ability to succeed.

To instill mutual respect within the school, he said all students must address each teacher and fellow student as "Mr." or "Ms." 

"That mutual respect helps them understand that there are lines of authority, but even within lines of authority, there is still the opportunity of friendship and the opportunity to work together," Prevo said. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council passed a four percent increase in revenue from water fees. There were four... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:27:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Tuesday Boone Hospital trustees announced two future management options. The trustees announced the options are either a... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 7:14:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An initiative is up for approval Tuesday night at city council that could save a life. "Share... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 7:02:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - For families displaced after an apartment complex fire, a warm meal puts the comfort in comfort food.... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:34:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - A woman displaced by a massive fire in Holts Summit Monday said it was "horrific and real."... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:16:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – A recently-published pilot study by an MU law professor calls attention to landlords’ sexual harassment of their low-income... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:09:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A recent report says Missouri ranks 49th in average starting teacher salary. The Missouri Department of Elementary... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 3:22:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
CLIFTON HILL - The Westran School District released its students from class early Tuesday due to a water main break... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:57:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A former Jefferson City Public Schools employee filed a lawsuit accusing the district of discrimination. Denise... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:51:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - House Democrats want more funding for K-12 transportation and the Columbia School Board agrees. “Desperately underfunded,"... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:45:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital has been awarded the Veterans Health Administration's award for "Best Place... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:39:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The largest rural transit provider in the state is reducing services because of the government shutdown. “What... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:31:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Firefighters said unattended cooking caused the fire at an apartment complex in central Columbia on Sunday. The... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:25:00 AM CST January 22, 2019 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - Moniteau County deputies are looking for a man from the city of California after they said he... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:13:00 AM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was detained in connection to a threat made at the Midway Travel Plaza on Highway 40,... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 11:58:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
SUNRISE BEACH - One person died at a high rise at the Lake of the Ozarks Monday morning according to... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 11:27:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - With just over two months left before the April 2 Municipal Election, mayoral candidate Chris Kelly is calling... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 5:30:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - With over 500 districts across the country switching to four day school weeks, there has been an increase... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 5:29:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 40°
12am 30°
1am 28°
2am 27°
3am 26°