Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem
A new study by researchers at Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble.

A fascinating study that all involved in or interested in education should read. Required reading for educators, seriously. When observing a mix raced (black and white) classroom and told to look for mis-behavior, this study tracked which students teachers focused on.

A some of the article’s review of the findings are:

“What we found was exactly what we expected based on the rates at which children are expelled from preschool programs,” Gilliam says. “Teachers looked more at the black children than the white children, and they looked specifically more at the African-American boy.”

Indeed, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, black children are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended from preschool than white children. Put another way, black children account for roughly 19 percent of all preschoolers, but nearly half of preschoolers who get suspended.

One reason that number is so high, Gilliam suggests, is that teachers spend more time focused on their black students, expecting bad behavior. “If you look for something in one place, that’s the only place you can typically find it.”

The Yale team also asked subjects to identify the child they felt required the most attention. Forty-two percent identified the black boy, 34 percent identified the white boy, while 13 percent and 10 percent identified the white and black girls respectively.

Not only does this confirm what we already know - that black children are view through this dangerous perception of inherent criminality - but it also expands on other important implications. Along with this nefarious over-focus on black children as sources of mis-behavior, the needs of girls, and especially black girls, are largely ignored. 

In my last year in elementary school, 2 young black girls stick out because they tended to exhibit a lot of attention seeking behaviors. Seeing that they were upper elementary students, this article makes me now wonder if years of being ignored in an elementary setting caused them to internalize that the only way they can receive attention, care and the support they need is through extreme actions.

louezem  asked:

Mamihlapinatapei - The look between two people in which each loves the other but is too afraid to make the first move. I am loving your firefighter!Peeta / teacher!Katniss drabbles. ;)

I am so sorry, @louezem​. I was trying to get this done in time for your birthday, but that didn’t happen. Hope you don’t mind this being a few days late. :-)

Also, I wrote a canon compliant piece for this word already, you can find it HERE if you’re interested. But it fit so well with the direction the firefighter story was headed I figured what the hey! I can write for the same word twice.

My thanks to @peetabreadgirl for pre-reading and not gloating too much.

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Come On Baby, Light My Fire (Part 6)

Part 1 - Grapholagnia

Part 2 - Neighbors/We Meet Again

Part 3 - Callipygian

Part 4 - Apodyopis

Part 5 - Gymnophoria

Part 6 - Mamihlapinatapei: The look between two people in which each loves the other but is too afraid to make the first move.

Field one is like another planet. Extra bleachers have been set up, and although I spot Rue and a large group of her friends as well as a handful of other students and teachers, there are so many more in the full to bursting stands who are complete strangers to me. Unlike at the other fields, the small announcer’s booth is full and in use, music playing through the speakers. There’s a tent set up behind the firefighter’s dugout, selling the calendars and promoting volunteer work at the Twelfth and Oak Soup Kitchen, the charity group that receives the proceeds from the sales this year. As I watch, a woman who’s just purchased a calendar calls out to Mr. July and screams that she loves him. He blows her a kiss through the wire fencing of the dugout while her friends fan themselves.

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Lawful TCC member:
Back of the class, blushes real hard if asked a question by TC, talks to them outside of class very occasionally, hasn’t told anyone about the crush, does all homework for their TC perfectly, legitimately worries TC can read their mind during class

Neutral TCC member:
Maps out TC’s daily routes to try and pass them, keeps a diary about the crush, rarely stops staring at them in their lessons, chats when they see their TC and laughs real loud at their jokes, wants to take care of their TC 24/7

Chaotic TCC member:
Wears pretty underwear when they have lessons with their TC “just incase”, all their friends know they’re madly in love with their TC, will acctually wink at / flirt with their TC, poses whilst in their TC’s classes incase they’re looking over, makes themselves really noticeable when around TC, cried with happiness when TC said they were their favourite pupil

I am just one of his students.

I don’t even joke with him or talk to him like the other girls in my class do. I can’t look at him without either starting to smile like a fool or laugh like an idiot. I can’t have conversations with him without acting stupid. I can’t answer properly when he asks me something. The girls in my class are way more witty. What am I even doing with my life? Adoring a man so much that I lose myself every time he is close. I am crushing on a man that’s double my age and my teacher. A man that only knows my name because it’s his job to do so. How is it even possible that I appreciate his existence so much? I smile when I see him smile.. even if that smile isn’t even directed at me. He is just so perfect in my eyes.. everything about him and everything that he does;; How is that even possible?