Playmates and Prejudice

What happens when you show kindergarteners a picture of a white child and a picture of a black child, then ask them to choose one of them for a playmate? Get on the Bus tells of a recent study that did just this, and the results were not what the teachers expected.

I can't say I'm really surprised at the results. Isn't it human nature to lean toward the familiar in our experience? Is it necessarily a bad thing if you merely select the "friend color" that you're used to seeing every day?

Hat Tip: The Carnival of Education at Education Wonks


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