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Instilling “Black Pride” In Children Helps Them Perform Better Academically

A study published in the Child Development journal (Volume 83, Issue 5, pages 1716-1731) shows that parental racial pride offsets potentially negative impact on a student's academic development.

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It is imperative that you share black history with your children because it really pays off in the longterm. New research shows that when parents engage their children in activities that promote feelings of racial knowledge, pride, and connection, it offsets racial discrimination’s potentially negative impact on students’ academic development.

Our findings challenge the notion that ‘race blindness’ is a universally ideal parenting approach, especially since previous research has shown that racially conscious parenting strategies at either extreme—either ‘race blindness’ or promoting mistrust of other races—are associated with negative outcomes for African American youth,” says lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychology in education at the University of Pittsburgh, Ming-Te Wäng. Wäng co-authored the study with Harvard University’s James P. Huguley. “When African American parents instill a proud, informed, and sober perspective of race in their sons and daughters, these children are more likely to experience increased academic success,” says Wäng.

Scholarly research has shown that African American students, especially males, are at risk of being unfairly disciplined, being discouraged from taking advanced classes, or receiving lower grades than they deserved, solely due to their race. Other studies point to negative peer treatment because of race — fist fighting, being bullied, or not being selected for teams or activities. The research may be a telling factor in explaining why 53 percent of the dozen four- and five-year-olds — who were suspended from NYC schools — were African American.

Our study provides empirical evidence that the longstanding practice in the African American community of cultivating racial pride and preparing children to face racial bias in society should be considered among appropriate and beneficial practices in parenting Black children,” says Wäng, who plans to conduct the same kind of research with Latino and Asian American teenagers.

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  8. BlackSupaman

    January 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Why would I instill anything other than Black pride in my Black child. To instill white pride in a Black child wouldn’t make any sense now would it?

  9. Bitter

    January 14, 2013 at 6:06 am

    lol You filthy oar tuggers.

  10. Shynits

    January 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I love the work your doing to improve information to some of us who hunger for more knowledge .I feel good as a person knowing who I am.No one can ever take that away from me.

  11. Niambe Tosh

    January 3, 2013 at 5:37 am

    If there not teaching in schools, you teach it to who ever you come across. I teach it in my classroom, but I can’t do it by myself.

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