On the Bias
Mayor de Blasio has made the eradication of “implicit bias” from the minds of municipal employees a major initiative of his administration. Training is underway to reduce the effects of unconscious prejudice among teachers and police. But despite lofty rhetoric and millions of dollars in consultant fees, it remains unclear what good—if any—these efforts will accomplish.
The Facts You Need to Know
Science: The science behind testing for and countering implicit bias is weak. Read more.
Teachers: Schools chief Richard Carranza claims that implicit bias is holding back minority students, but results show that educational gains can be achieved without assuming racial prejudice. Read more.
Cops: Implicit-bias training for cops may contradict cautions about becoming “hypervigilant.” Read more.
“The implicit-bias crusade is agenda-driven social science.”
Another important piece by @SethBarronNYC, taking on @NYCMayor’s hype about the significance/impacts of this training.— NYCPBA Legal (@NYCPBA_GC) August 31, 2019
While NYC POs welcome all types of training, this program (like the imposition of body cams) comes in the “absence of probing objective research” says academic. https://t.co/iOjtteptEQ
The Past is Present
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