New study shines light on the racial ‘anger bias’ of educators

 

We’re starting to learn more about why black students have long been disciplined more harshly than their similarly-behaving white counterparts.

Sam Fulwood III | THINKPROGRESS

Stories about black school children being more harshly treated or punished than white children has become an old and disturbing media staple, one that waxes and wanes with the frequency of its retelling, frequently featuring lurid and shocking details. But despite the popularity of this news trope, most reported accounts typically fail to offer much in the way of credible justification for why teachers might behave in such a racially-prejudiced way toward their students.

Now, in an effort to make sense of the incomprehensible, a recent study conducted by team of education researchers at several major U.S. universities offers an illuminating theory: many teachers harbor implicit biases against the black faces of their students.

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