Research shows that children perceive differences among their peers early on and try to make meaning of them, said sociology professor Prudence Carter. She said because kids pick up on racial differences at a young age makes it critical for schools to develop age-appropriate curriculums to teach students, for example, how to make sense of George Floyd’s murder, or why there are protests occurring in their communities, Carter said. “We’re not necessarily actually trying to teach structural racism to a six-year-old,” she added. “We’re trying to talk about how we understand what’s happening in an age appropriate way.” Carter joined PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz on Tuesday, June 29 to answer viewers’ questions on critical race theory.
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