Children are bombarded by racial, cultural and gender stereotypes both within and outside the classroom. Consider the movies, television series and products (including toys and videogames), which are marketed to young children. argue why you believe the movie, television series or product chosen taints children’s understanding of race, culture, gender, and the message being conveyed. Include the following in your argument:
a. Critique one example from these categories, which you find to particularly problematic in perpetuating stereotypes.
b. Assess the potential impacts of these messages on children of diverse backgrounds in the early childhood classroom (think especially about the hierarchy described in Vivian Gussin Paley’s book? Are they, in any way to blame for who is seen to be among the “bosses” and the “rejected”?)
c. Describe how the problem of stereotypes extends to commercial teaching material.
d. Recommend strategies to counteract the stereotypes children are exposed to outside the classroom as an early childhood educator? (Hint: You may want to skim through the culturally relevant and unbiased activities in Chapter 9 for inspiration).