This part of health education continues to be controversial, but regardless of personal views, this article raises some important points about empowerment.
Social psychologists and sexual abuse counselors agree that comprehensive sex education can help prevent sexual crimes. Teaching children about their bodies gives them the tools to describe acts of abuse without feeling as embarrassed or uncomfortable, and it also helps elevate their self-confidence and sense of bodily autonomy. A shame-based approach to genitalia and sexuality, on the other hand, sends kids the message that they can’t discuss or ask questions about any of those issues.
“Ever been forced to defend a particular position and ended up believing it? You’ve succumbed to one of the most famous theories in social psychology.”
Is race perception automatic? Maybe not. When researched more carefully, it seems that we are not looking so much for race but for evidence of who is on our team: “…people’s errors revealed that team membership had become the dominant category, not the race of the players.” Read more.
“Learning styles” research has come under scrutiny, but that does not mean the whole idea needs to be thrown out. Learning preferences do exist, and students do have differences in learning. This article briefly explores this idea and links to Daniel Williamham’s post summarizing research. Read the article.
Excerpt: Proffitt argues that perception is not fixed: it is flexible, reflecting a person’s physiological state. Your conscious perception of slant depends on your current ability to walk up or down hills—hard work that should not be undertaken lightly. If you are tired, frail, scared or carrying a load, your assessment of the hill—the one that guides your actions—will differ from what you see. Not by choice, but by design. It is the way you are wired. Read more.