Entrepreneur Barbie: Is She Good or Bad?

Someone sent me the Entrepreneur Barbie as a gift. I have very mixed emotions about this doll. I have never been much of a doll person, but I do recognize their roll in childhood development. Harvard developmental psychologist Paul Harris, PhD, postulates that children use toys and dolls to create a process of simulation: They imagine themselves in that same situation and act vis-à-vis that imaginary situation. To that end, having an entrepreneur doll allows children to simulate what it is like to be an entrepreneur and essentially “role play.” On the flip side, the role model we’re giving […]

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