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Reply to "Claude Steele Discusses How Group Stereotypes Can Influence Intellectual Performance"

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Originally posted by Huey:
I think that a large number of black children who believe that have no idea how intelligent they are and are just discouraged to find out,whether by peer pressure or by the teachers or principals themselves.


You know people believe that teachers are invincible to the societal ills of our world, but teachers have been subjected and exposed to the same ignorance about the limited intellectual competency of Blacks as everyone else. And they bring this ignorance, either consciously or subconsciously, into the school and classroom. Growing up in the gritty parts of DC, for example, it was never once required for me (or any of my classmates) to take courses in Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Calculus. People naturally assumed that these courses would be much "too advanced" for students like us. And because I mostly saw the smart White and Asian students taking these classes, I too assumed that the coursework would be much too difficult for me, and so I avoided them all throughout my academic career. It did not dawn on me until much later, however, that I, as well as those who guided me academically, were doing me and those other students an incredible disservice. That is why I decided to go into the education profession. I feel that I've been cheated out of a quality education, and I do not want this to happen to any student who has been placed in my academic care. I expect the BEST from my students. No excuses or "I can'ts" are allowed. I challenge them everyday to go far beyond what they think they can do and what society says they cannot do. I wish someone had encouraged me and those other students in the same way.
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