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Fairy Tales Reinforce Stereotypes about Teachers, Study Shows

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6/3/2014 9:00 AM

­­ (June 3): “Fairy Tales Reinforce Stereotypes about Teachers, Study Shows"

Students depicted in modern fairy tales spend most of their time trying to discover personal information about their teachers, and those teachers are typically white women, who are kind-hearted but not very focused on the content and substance of what they teach, according to a recently published study. "These books reinforce some of the stereotypes about teachers that persist in our society," says Nancy Niemi, an associate professor and head of the education department at the University of New Haven.

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