Class unit enables children to look past stereotypes

09/29/2008 | Christian Science Monitor, The

Classroom teacher Maggie Doben uses an empty wheelchair to spark an annual eight-week discussion of disabilities among her able-bodied first graders. "Helping to answer their questions really does combat discriminatory behaviors," says Doben, who has documented her Labeled Disabled program in a documentary of the same name. "Children of 6 already have stereotypes ... but [they] are very apt to challenge those stereotypes and be able to turn their thinking around."

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