Positive affirmations help improve some students test scores

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Getting a little positive reinforcement from the watchful eye of a good teacher can make a big difference in the educational life of a young child, especially for a kid that’s struggling in school. Now a new study published in the journal Science, shows that encouraging young black children to write about their own value systems can make a big and lasting effect on their future success. Oh my, Oprah had it right! But, according to this study, that finding only holds true for minority students, not white students. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, a co-principle investigator in the two-year study and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia University joins the The Takeaway to talk about her study.