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Does the American Dream Die in Middle School?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jul 25, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 16:46

Guest: Erin Godfrey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology, Psychology and Social Intervention Program, New York University For children from economic and racial groups that tend to be at a disadvantage in society, middle school also appears to be a really critical time for understanding just how much things are stacked against them. A study of sixth, seventh and eighth graders showed disadvantaged youngsters who started off believing the world is fair and everyone has the same shot at success in life ended up falling farther into things like fighting, cheating and stealing as reality set in. It’s as if their optimistic view of the world turned into a serious liability when they learned the truth.