The goal with these online exercises is to explore our own attitudes and mindsets with regards to stereotypes, stereotyping, and ‘in’ and ‘out’ groups. A set of easy-to-take tests at Harvard, part of its Project Implicit, will help us do this. I’d like each of us to take at least two of these Project Implicit tests, and choose any two other than “Weapons” or “Presidents.” Each test takes approximately five minutes.
I also want each student to take two of the surveys at UnderstandingPrejudice.org. You are going to love these, I think. (I did!). After you’ve taken the four tests (two at each website), comment to this post about what you learned, if anything. Did you learn or were you made aware of anything useful? Surprising? Did the surveys change your thinking in any way? (I found out that I’m a “benevolent sexist,” for example, which I’m still processing but have to agree with to some degree.) Share your experiences with these surveys here, and do so before midnight Sunday, Feb. 27. I look forward to reading your responses.