[b]Many Children Attribute White Male Monopoly on White House to Discrimination[/b]
Austin, TX – October 8, 2008 – A new study in the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy explored elementary-school-age children’s views about the role of race and gender in the U.S. presidency, Results indicated that most children are aware that women and people of color have been excluded from the presidency. Further, many children attributed the lack of female, African American, and Latino presidents to gender and racial discrimination.
In the year prior to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s bids to become the Democratic nominee, researchers interviewed children between five and ten years of age from various ethnic and racial backgrounds to assess their knowledge of and attributions for the lack of female, African American, and Latino presidents.
The study found that most children endorsed the belief that the presidency should be filled by people of both genders and diverse races and ethnicities. At the same time, most children reported that women and people of color have been excluded from the role
[b]Surprisingly, when asked about potential legal barriers, one in four children stated that it was currently against the law for women, African Americans, or Latinos to be President. Many children also blamed those who have been excluded, arguing that they lack the necessary attributes to hold the position, including the fact women aren’t as smart as men.[/b]
[b]ls who attributed the lack of female presidents to discrimination were more likely to report that they could not really become president, even if they were interested in doing so. In contrast, among African American children, attributions to discrimination were associated with an increased interest in becoming president,[/b]haps, Bigler said, as a result of the long and well-known history of African-Americans’ struggle to achieve equality in the United States,”
“Our research suggests that the U.S. presidency is a high-profile instance of gender and racial exclusion that is well known by young children and may shape their expectations concerning gender and race relations and discrimination,” the authors note. “If Obama loses his bid for the presidency, there may be little change in children's attitudes, but it could fuel their perception that American voters are racially prejudiced," Bigler said. "In contrast, if Obama wins children may believe that exclusionary laws and racial prejudice no longer shape the outcomes of the presidential elections.”
This study is published in the October 2008 issue of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Media wishing to receive a PDF of this article may contact [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email].
Rebecca Bigler is affiliated with The University of Texas at Austin and can be reached for questions at [email]email@example.com[/email].
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) is an electronic journal of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). It is published in print once a year, in December. The journal is an outlet for timely and innovative psychological and related social science scholarship with implications for social action and policy. ASAP provides a forum for publishing new work as well as discussion on alternative approaches to a variety of important and current social problems. Encouraging timely publication of well-written, peer-reviewed work, ASAP facilitates communication between social science researchers and practitioners and policy makers, as well as with the public as a whole.
[QUOTE=jetswin;2794915][B]Still a lot of money for 8-3[/B], 9 months a year. You are right though 100k does not go far in Westchester, however I'd like to think my tax dollars were being wisely spent.
I don't want to beat up teachers though, I do respect their efforts, I just felt the story needed more explanation than bias at home.[/QUOTE]
Sorry, but a teachers work isnt just 8-3. Thats just the time she spends in the classroom. Most teachers i know dont leave work before 5 or 6 and spend several hours at home making lesson plans, grading papers etc.
[QUOTE=piney;2794941]it also doesn't change that a considerable portion of the populace may not vote for a minority...[/QUOTE]
No disagreement here, some people will not vote for people who do not look like them. I think we would just disagree on how large a percentage of the population truly feels that way (would vote for a same-race candidate who disagrees with them over a different-race candidate who agrees with them).
But this also works both ways. Some people will vote for a minority candidate specificly because he is a minority as well.
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[QUOTE=kennyo7;2794942]Sorry, but a teachers work isnt just 8-3. Thats just the time she spends in the classroom. Most teachers i know dont leave work before 5 or 6 and spend several hours at home making lesson plans, grading papers etc.[/QUOTE]
I slanted what I wrote obviously, but there is no doubt that between salary and benefits teaching is a great job. Of course you like to think that some still enjoy teaching kids, and I find that is true in my school district for the most part, the problem is those two items (salary and benefits) are taking up way too much of school budgets.
btw, your prior post re: borough educators is true I believe, the pay scale is much higher in Westchester and on Long Island.
[QUOTE=bitonti;2794958]considering there has never been a non white or female President - ever - and that 5-10 year olds are little mush brains it's not that appalling. We should be happy the number isn't higher.[/QUOTE]
Do you believe the pending Obama election will cure some of this Bit?
[QUOTE=Warfish;2794951]No disagreement here, some people will not vote for people who do not look like them. I think we would just disagree on how large a percentage of the population truly feels that way (would vote for a same-race candidate who disagrees with them over a different-race candidate who agrees with them).
But this also works both ways. Some people will vote for a minority candidate specificly because he is a minority as well.[/QUOTE]
I think you make sense here...
I think when all is said and done the people who vote for and against Obama purely in regards to race will be a wash....