Looking ahead to Monday …we’re digging deeper into a new study that turned our heads this week.
Researchers have documented what they call the Obama effect. They were able to show that a performance gap that existed between black and white test-takers all but disappeared when the test was given immediately following Barack Obama's convention speech and after Election Day.
Earlier studies have shown that anxieties about racial stereotypes can lower the test-taking proficiency of African-Americans. The researchers who conducted the new study believe the inspiring role model that President Obama projected even before his election helped blacks overcome those anxieties.
The study was small but its findings are provocative. One compelling question is whether the Obama effect will endure. Tom Foreman will have a report for us Monday.
See you then.. and have a great weekend!
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