Note: Link fixed

Class segregation, though frequently unspoken and denied,  underlies much of American life.  When it is discussed, it is terms of overcoming it as in rags to riches stories or that the rich are still in touch with their humble roots.  Does class matter for understanding each other?    This week we will look at the different classes, their determinants, characteristics and chances for success.


Read the full comic here.  Thanks Nora for the link!

For Feb 16:

— Bring The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and a laptop

— Read “Your Brain on Poverty”  by Derek Thompson from The Atlantic

A longer version of the story here. (Note: You do not have to read this long version)

— Listen to (or read the transcript) of “What It’s Like To Be Rich”

— Write a response paper answering:

Which would you rather be rich or poor?  And why?

Use at least one quote from BOTH articles to support your argument


The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up

Race, Ethnicity, Gender Follow-ups



Picture credit: The Atlantic, see article below

Here are some of the links we did not get to on Thursday

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly towards them TED talk Verna Myers, 18 min

A diversity educator, Myers, discusses moving past implicit biases.

Can Prejudice Ever Be a Good Thing? TED talk by Paul Bloom, 16 minutes

In addition to explaining the origins of implicit bias he describes some individual and societal ways to bring about change.

MTV has an interactive on talking back to prejudice,

And a new release on gender/intelligence bias forming as young as 6:


We will continue our discussion of social stratification by turning towards ethnicity. While race alludes to those who share physical characteristics, ethnicity refers to those who share a common heritage, language or culture.






For January 26:

__ Read: Finish The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

__ Read: Common Native American Stereotypes Debunked

__Write a short answer to the following question:

Did stereotypes of Native Americans hurt Arnold when he went to Rearden High School?


Note to answer a short answer question use the following template:

 First sentence:  Answer the question directly

 Second sentence: explain what you mean – include an explanation of stereotype (look it up in your book)

 Third sentence: Paraphrase or use quote or example from the book

 Sentences 4-5: clarify/explain example/quote and how it answers the question.

 Concluding sentence: Confidently restate answer alluding to example/quote OR Point out how the opposite


What would you do if you heard someone say a racist remark?



Pew Research Center

Just as gender is not binary, race is not discrete.  Indeed race is not even a concrete classification.  What race looks like has varied over time and across countries.

And yet the label has mattered in terms of rights, expectations and outcomes.

For Jan 19:     FOR TUESDAY  JAN 24:

Do: Measure of implicit bias, 

Do the Race IAT and any others that interest you.  And note: having an implicit bias does not make you prejudiced.  We will talk about the difference in class.

Read:  The Roots of Implicit Bias in the NYTimes by   DEC. 9, 2016

Write: Two-paragraph response paper.  First paragraph a summary of the article above.  Second your response – agree, disagree, with what conditions.

Planning Ahead: Have Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian finished by Jan 26.



This American Life: Got You Pegged

Follow-up from last week:

The Diseases You Get Only if You Believe in Them aka the penis theft article

What if the implicit bias test show I am prejudiced? Watch this