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Minority students, self-esteem, and education

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, professor of psychology | May 7, 2012

Check out this video: No, seriously, click on the link above before reading the rest of this post. Like many of the students I have shared this clip with, this video may have inspired in you a strong sense of the inherent injustice of stereotypes; negative stereotypes that lead African American children to reject a Black … Continue reading »

Writers — and parents: Show, don’t tell

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, professor of psychology | April 17, 2012

One of the cardinal rules of writing is this: Show, Don’t Tell. The rule means that when one is trying to describe a character’s actions, a writer should avoid describing inner states when possible, relying instead on showing the character’s actions. You can think about it as if the writer’s job is to describe a … Continue reading »