• Research indicates that children younger than three years of age notice and comment on differences in skin color. Humans of all ages tend to ascribe positive qualities to the group that they belong to and negative qualities to other groups. Without guidance, children can develop biased attitudes from exposure to negative racial stereotypes, racial disparities, and segregation. Talking about race is not racist. It's important to do. Children are not colorblind.  From a young age, children will notice and question racial differences, so it is important to be able to talk about race.  

    Students who are affected by racism and associated stress and trauma are likely to experience:

    • Insecure feelings
    • Lack of trust
    • Feelings of isolation from others and from their community
    • Difficulty controlling their emotions

    Research also indicates that systematic racism is associated with poorer school attendance, lower academic achievement, lower self-esteem, higher rates of depression, and higher risk for suicide.

    Highland's school psychologists are committed to creating a culture of inclusiveness and equity.  We are offering these resources to parents and community members in order to assist with needed conversations about race, privilege, racial injustice, and discrimination.  


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