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How preschoolers perpetuate class disparities

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Screenshot of Jessi Streib's article published last year in the journal Qualitative Sociology.

We know that children are aware of class, but Jessi Streib at the University of Michigan showed in a study published last year just how early this can happen, and how it affects the learning environment. Streib found that preschoolers who came from more affluent backgrounds used verbal skills they learned at home to interrupt class, redirect the teachers' attention and "effectively silence the working-class children."

To read Streib's paper, click here

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