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Hidden Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Class: How Classroom Settings Reproduce Social Inequality by Staging Unfair Comparison

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Alice, Marie and Frédérique have been in first grade for 2 months now. Today, their teacher tells them they are going to learn about a new letter and the girls are already impatient. The teacher writes the letter 's' on the board and turns to ask the children: "what sound does this letter make?'' Immediately a small hand goes up. It is Alice’s. Three other hands quickly follow it. Marie and Frédérique, who do not know this new letter, look at the rest of the class as hands go up. They hope they are not the only ones who do not know the sound of this new letter.

Improving Healthcare by Harnessing the Social Context

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Anyone who has been to the doctor recognizes that medical diagnoses and treatments are embedded in a social context. Patients are influenced not only by what tests are performed and what treatments are suggested, but how the doctor communicates the results of these tests makes recommendations, and engages with patients. How can we use the social context to improve healthcare?