Intro Unit: The Politics of Education - Enlightenment or Propaganda?

Intro Unit, Class 3: Real or Imaginary? The Psychological Effects of Racism on Blacks and Whites

Study Guide

Study Questions

From The Doll Test

1. What do you think of the results of the doll test?

2. Before seeing the doll test, how would you have thought the black children would have responded? Why?

3. Why do you think it was important to conduct these experiments with 1st - 3rd graders?

4. Did you expect the experiment to have the same results with students from outside of America?

5. Do you think these tests would have similar results today? Why or why not?

6. Why do you think the researchers chose to conduct these experiments with 1st - 3rd graders?

From the "Brown Eye, Blue Eye Experiement"

7. What do you think of the results of the brown/blue-eyed experiment?

8. Do you think it was significant that the teacher, Jane Elliott, was white and the experiment was performed with all-white students?

9. How did the students perform on the phonics cards when they were
thought to be part of the superior group vs. when they were in the inferior group?

10. Do you think this experiment had a lasting impact on the students who went participated?    
Suggested Vocabulary
Randomly ask students the definition of one of the following words. Then ask them to put the word in a sentence. This is a great exercise for the beginning or end of a class, or if you finish a class early.

insinuate - suggest or hint (something bad or reprehensible) in an indirect and unpleasant way.

conform - comply with rules, standards, or laws. (of a person) behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards.

assent - express approval or agreement, typically officially.

proposition -  a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion. 

implant - insert or fix (tissue or an artificial object) in a person's body, especially by surgery.synonyms: insert, embed, bury, lodge, place;

bombardment - a continuous flow of questions, criticisms, or information.
"a steady bombardment of emails and phone calls"

psyche - the human soul, mind, or spirit.
"their childhood made them want to understand the human psyche and to help others"

entitlement - the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. 

retribution - punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.
"employees asked not to be named, saying they feared retribution"