Here’s a big shout in honor of my friend, colleague, and co-blogger, Jim Kauffman. He’s just back from Atlanta where he attended the convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis and received an award for his contributions for effective presentation of behavior analysis in the mass media. Jim’s raised questions about a topic that’s sure to provoke some people who do not depend on data, those who know the truth without reference to facts. Here’s a snippet from the abstract of his talk.
In this presentation, Dr. Kauffman raises concern about a new racism often mistaken for cultural sensitivity and cultural competence. It is characterized by the assumption that skin color or heritage, usually said to designate a culture, makes an individual responsive or unresponsive to particular therapies, educational methods, or other efforts to teach, heal, or help.
He doubts that what is effective for individuals of one culture are likely to be ineffective for individuals of another culture. Way to go, Jim.
Link to the ABA Web site and to the notes from the ABA newsletter about the awardees.