[Ed. – Recruiting snowflakes early]
Three professors argue that social workers in K-8 schools should do more to protect students from “the dire consequences of microaggressions.”
Suzanne Wintner, Joanna Almeida, and Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, all of whom teach in the School of Social Work at Simmons College, advanced that case in a July 25 article based on surveys of social workers’ attitudes towards microaggressions in elementary schools.
Defining microaggressions as “intentional or unintentional harmful statements” that “may cause more distress than overt expressions of discrimination,” the professors argue that studying microaggressions among kids is especially important because they relate to “overt and direct social aggression” like “bullying,” which has “dire consequences” that reverberate throughout adolescence.
“Almost half of elementary and middle school students have experienced [microaggressions], which is associated with negative emotional and social outcomes for victims and perpetrators,” they claim, noting that “microaggressions [are] direct forms of aggression, teasing and bullying.”