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This makes a ton of sense.
"...they gave elementary school children either a blue T-shirt or a red T-shirt to wear throughout the school day for six weeks.

"Teachers treated those color groups in the same ways they would use gender. Teachers said, “Good morning, blue and red kids!,” “Let’s line up blue, red, blue, red.” Kids had their names on either a red or blue bulletin board and had either a red or blue name card on their desk. But again, teachers had to treat both groups equally and not allow them to compete with one another. They simply “used” color in the same way many teachers “use gender.”

"After only four weeks, children formed stereotypes about their color groups. They liked their own group better than the other group. Red-shirted children would say, “Those blue-shirt kids are not as smart as the red-shirt kids.” Just like they do with gender, they said that “all blue kids” act one way and “no red kids” act another way (this differed based on which group they were in). They began to segregate themselves, playing with kids from their own color group more than with those from the other group.

"They were also more willing to help kids in their own color groups. Children walked into a classroom in which we had staged two partially completed puzzles. We had surreptitiously draped a red shirt across one puzzle and a blue shirt across the other. When given the option, children were more likely to help out the child they thought was in their group.

"In all of these studies, there was always a very important control group—in addition to the group of students who wore colored T-shirts, there were classes in which the teacher who didn’t talk about the color groups. She didn’t sort by color or use the color grouping to label each child. In other words, it was like being in a class of boys and girls where the teacher doesn’t mention or sort by gender; she simply treated them like individuals. In these classes, children didn’t form stereotypes and biased attitudes about groups. If the adults ignored the groups, even when there were very visible differences, children ignored the groups too. [...]

"... it seems that children pay attention to the groups that adults treat as important. When we repeatedly say, “Look at those girls playing!” or “Who is that boy with the blue hat?,” children assume that being a boy or girl must be a really important feature about that person. In fact, it must the single most important feature of that person. Otherwise, why would we point it out all the time?

"If children see a difference, they look to experts in the world (us grown-ups) to see if the difference is important or not. Don’t forget that they see plenty of differences in people. For example, they see differences in hair color. We come in brown hair, black hair, blond hair, red hair, and gray hair. But no adult ever labels this visible category, saying “Look at that brown hair kid.” “Okay, all the brown-haired kids and black-haired kids over here. All the red- and blond-haired kids over there.” Children ultimately learn to ignore these as meaningful categories, but they still notice they exist. If I ask someone’s hair color, a child can tell me. It just isn’t a meaningful category. They don’t develop attitudes about what it means to have red hair or brown hair (even the occasional blond joke isn’t constant enough for children to notice).

"But with gender, children notice the difference and adults make it meaningful. Children see the category. We made sure of that with our pink or blue shirts. Also, the experts in the world, their parents, always label the category. We put a figurative flashing neon arrow on gender and say “Pay Attention! Important Information Here!” And guess what, they pay attention."
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The missing thing here is the teaching moment that would have followed randomly reassigning the shirt colors. 
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Blocking with the bishop was a huge mistake. Black to move.

I'm at barely an intermediate player, if that, so I was quite proud of solving this correctly. Even better, after my devastating move my opponent responded with a foolhardy attempt to save his/her ass that walked right into checkmate instead! #chess
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+Daniel Martin My mistake, it should have been:
3 .. Qa1+
The rest follows.
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Mind blown. Had no idea this song was actually from the 60s. (If you don't recognize the song you did not grow up in the 80s.)
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+Larcen III Otis' "Hard to Handle" still blows my mind. Otis Redding - Hard To Handle
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Whaaaaat.  If the article authors' goal was to make these shows sound crappy they've done a very nice job of it... #startrek  
CBS developing Star Trek based police procedural and medical emergency drama
This would be just amazing! Two shows. Star Trek meets NCIS!

CBS seems positive they will be able to air multiple Star Trek shows. They currently air multiple versions of CSI and multiple versions of NCIS. Also given that these shows have different central plots, one police related the other EMS/Rescue related, fans should be happy to have two Trek shows on the air.

#startrek #tv
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Well, I probably would have passed on "Beavis and Butthead... but in the Regency era", but Blackadder III still turned out pretty well.
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Welp, that guy's on his way out.

(Excellent, though. Bravo.)
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Great! If this moves forward, I hope it's changed to draw a clearer distinction between the theory of evolution and the hypothesis that it is driven by natural selection.
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I'm highly amused by this chess "puzzle." Once you teach your kid the rules of the game, set this up, with her as white, you black, and tell her she has to figure out how to checkmate you in six moves. #chess
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I did get that. Slow humor day. I have recovered somewhat in time for April 1.
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And now we have... the F*** YES letter of the month. I am so happy reading this and I don't even live in Maryland.
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"I welcome any investigations you or your lawyers wish to pursue" is apparently politico-speak for "COME AT ME BRO".
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Something incredibly f****d up is happening to me. I was eating a giant bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos when unexpectedly, near the end of the bag, it suddenly began to seem as though they were gross. Now I hardly even have the desire to tip my head back and pour the precious final crumbs into my mouth. What is this???
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Something incredibly f****d up is happening to me. I was eating a giant bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos.  I concur; eating a giant bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos leads to f'd up things happening to you.
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My fifth-grader is getting the unit on what they oh-so-discreetly call "Human Growth and Development" at her public school.

There have been parent meetings and permission forms and reassurances that no one's child will be forced to attend lots of warnings that it's coming soon.


They can tell you that you can get AIDS from having SEX, but they can't tell you what SEX is.

They taught that abstinence means not having SEX, and showed a picture of a giant word sex with a red circle and line through it, but they can't tell you what SEX is.

There are no words.

Mind you, she knows pretty much everything she needs to know because we took her to OWL class. It's her classmates I worry about. And this is Liberal Bay Area California. I can't even imagine what life is like in the Bible Belt. (But I guess they are religious and don't have to worry about things like teen pregnancy.)

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We sat our kids down and told them the day before.  They were uncomfortable but we were glad to do it.
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