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  1. baileyfood
    March 12, 2018 @ 6:19 pm

    I love your questions – how much are we aware of others and ourselves? This weeks topics have really inspired deeper thought and it is most interesting because it is hard to really uncover how we may be biased on a variety of topics in order to be effective educators and to include all in the process.

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  2. Whitney Hadden
    March 13, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

    I had a similar response when I took the hidden bias test for the first time. I didn’t think the results reflected how I thought about a subject or how I acted around it. My results also lined up up with the culture I was raised in. At the same time, I think it can be really useful to make ourselves aware of those biases we may not realize, especially since they are so influential over our behavior. If we can realize what’s going on subconsciously, maybe we could make a conscious effort to work around it.

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  3. A. Nelson
    March 13, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

    I also find the results of the hidden bias tests sobering. And I think that’s the point of hidden biases — if we could see them in ourselves they wouldn’t be hidden. Although I’ve been surprised by some of the results I’ve received from those tests (I’ve had lots of chances to take them ;-)), I will say that just having those results has given me some perspective and made me more aware of when those hidden biases might be at work.

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  4. Jyotsana Sharma
    March 13, 2018 @ 8:55 pm

    I like the questions you pose Sevda. I think that because our upbringing and habits of the society that we live in are so ingrained, Shankar Vedantam states that it governs our “self”, however we have much more complex cognitive structures and I think that you find the bias test and your behavior different because of these higher cognitive structures. When we are conscientious, we employ that complex thinking and as a result have the ability to alter our ingrained responses.

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  5. Hana Lee
    March 14, 2018 @ 5:57 pm

    Thank you for your post. I also did the bias test and the result was not I was expected too. If the result is reliable,the question you posed here is what we should think about. Another thought i had was that as an educator, I’m concerned about the fact that “all of us have some sorts of biases about certain issues, and some of those are conscious while the rest are unconscious.” That’s an obvious factor due to different backgrounds we have such as cultures, nations or socio-economic status: I’m wondering how we could utilize those diverse lenses we have in educational setting to maximize the benefits of diversity, if we can not avoid it.

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