Challenges faced by bi-racial children

Percy Abram, PhD, discusses the challenges faced by bi-racial children and what parents can do to help
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Challenges faced by bi-racial children

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I think one of the challenges bi-racial children face in the larger culture is having to define for others who they are and having to always have a sense that their difference potentially is some sort of an oddity or something that they should feel ashamed of. And the tools that I try to instill in my children is the fact that because they come from an African-American, Mexican, and German family gives them the opportunity to take with them the best of all of those communities, the traditions, the culture, the language, and enriches who they are. And as I said before, to never feel embarrassed or ashamed of who they are, but to feel that from those cultures, there derives strength and confidence.

Percy Abram, PhD, discusses the challenges faced by bi-racial children and what parents can do to help

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Percy L. Abram, PhD

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Percy Abram is the Head of Gateway School.  Gateway School is a Kindergarten – 8th grade independent school in Santa Cruz, CA.  Prior to joining Gateway School, Dr. Abram was the Upper Division Director at Brentwood School in Los Angeles.  An LA native, Dr. Abram received his B.A. (Economics) and M.A. (Education) degrees from UCLA, and his M.A. (Sociology) and Ph.D. (Education) from Stanford University.  Dr. Abram and his wife are the parents of a 10-year old daughter and 7-year old son, and despite running a school and being responsible for 260 students each day, he still finds parenting his most challenging job.

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