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No Surprise: Study Finds That If Teachers Show Bias, Then Students Don’t Trust Them Or School

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For youth of color, losing trust in teachers may mean losing the chance to make it to college is the headline of a Eureka Alert summary of new research.

It’s no surprise that African-American and Latino students lose their trust of schools the more they experience racism there, but I haven’t seen research that specifically connects it to a loss of trust. Of course, it’s not a stretch to assume that would happen, either.

It’s a pretty interesting article, and is worth reading in-full (it’s also short). Here’s another excerpt:

“The end of seventh grade seems to be a period for developing trust in institutions like school,” explains David S. Yeager, assistant professor of developmental psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, who led the study. “When adolescents see that school rules aren’t fair to people who look like them, they lose trust and then disengage. But it doesn’t have to be this way; teachers have an opportunity to earn minority students’ trust, and this helps students do better in middle school and beyond.”

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts About Trust & Education.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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