Adultification: What Happens When Our Schools Place Grownup Expectations on Teenage Black Girls?


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From discipline and punishment to academic expectations, stereotypical perceptions cause many of us to treat black teenage girls differently. The phenomenon is called adultification and our guest explains how placing grownup expectations on black teens in the classroom adversely impacts their academic performance.

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Nikki Jones is professor and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Department Chair of African American Studies at UC-Berkeley. She is a Black feminist scholar and author of two books, The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption (2018), winner of the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Book Award in 2020, and Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence (2009). She is frequently cited in local, national, and international news outlets as an expert on race, violence, and policing.

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