Presentation on theme: "“Latinos are not intelligent” In a study of almost 100 elementary school children in Lexington, we asked about stereotypes toward different Americans."— Presentation transcript:
“Latinos are not intelligent” In a study of almost 100 elementary school children in Lexington, we asked about stereotypes toward different Americans and immigrant groups. Children said: Mexican immigrant children are not as smart as White or Black Americans. They did not want to go to school with a Mexican immigrant child as much as with a White or Black American child. Attitudes toward Mexican immigrants worse than Chinese or British immigrants.
“Latinos are not intelligent” Teachers rate Latino children in bilingual or ESL classes as less academically competent than White/European American peers. Children are aware of these stereotypes. Latino students report that teachers often have low expectations for them, often assume their English is poor, and treat them as invisible.
“Latinos are not intelligent” There are important consequences of these stereotypes. When perceive teacher stereotypes, adolescents are more likely to drop out of high school, more likely to feel academically disengaged. Among 3 rd and 4 th grade Latino children in Lexington, perceiving teacher and peer stereotypes was associated with more negative academic attitudes and less school belonging (unless at a predominately Latino school).