How to teach children about diversity, equity and inclusion

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Children may not understand prejudice or racial bias, but from their earliest days, they absorb and mimic attitudes that are held by the adults in their lives. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Family Features Special to Valley News Children develop their identities right alongside their abilities to crawl, walk, talk and recognize letters. There’s also a common misconception that children are “colorblind.” However, studies have found children can show signs of racial bias at an early age, with psychologists from Northwestern University finding children as young as 4 years old may be picking up on cues of intolerance from adults around them. Children may not understand prejudice or racial bias, but from their earliest days, they absorb and mimic attitudes that are held by the adults in their lives. “For children, differences are a way of learning about themselves and others, a way of building their sense of self and a place in their family and community,” El
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