Fulfilling Stereotype Can Drag Down Performance By Shankar Vedantam

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Stereotypes in school can affect students and their education. We did some research about stereotypes at our school, Point Loma High, but first we read “How a Self-Fulfilling Stereotype Can Drag Down Performance,” by Shankar Vedantam. He argues that how being a stereotype can bring down someones work performance. He supports his claim by first explaining that on a standardized vocabulary test, black people on average scored a 5.49 out of 10 questions correctly and white people answered 6.33 correctly out of 10. He then explains how eventually when a black person is being tested with a black instructor, they score a 6.33, just like the whites. Vedantam’s purpose is to bring attention to this research so that it can be used when creating policy and law. After reading survey results from my peers, I think his finding are also relevant for students at my school.

We began our study of stereotypes at our school when Mrs. Roberts, our English teacher, gave us questions on a piece of paper asking about stereotypes. We interviewed one to two students. The first students was asked inside of the classroom and the other one was asked outside of the classroom. After we interviewed the students, we inserted the review data into a form and then made the form into a google spreadsheet. We then looked at the data spreadsheet by gender and ethnicity. We then looked for how people often deal with these stereotypes towards them.

Our class has done some research into stereotypes at our

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