Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


The author researched how children learn racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of prejudice from their parents and other adult mentors. What can be done to change the prejudice that predominates in the United States? The author discusses how to raise children who develop anti-bias personas and who become allies to people of color, gays and lesbians, recent immigrants, and the poor. The final project of this thesis was the creation of a children's book to be read by parents and their children together. The book centers around the experiences of a young white boy who moves to a diverse neighborhood and learns about his own prejudices and the prejudices of the adults in his life. The boy learns how to overcome his prejudices and judge people based on their insides not on their appearances.


Thesis (M.A.) School of Education