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  Case: I Wish I Were Black!
As a teacher of 5th grade students, I try to make sure that my students have a good sense of all the people and cultures that make up this country. Last couple weeks, I paid special attention to the African American people who have made significant contributions to the US. We read a book written by Walter Dean Myers. We have studied scientists, writers, and political figures. Students were very engaged and interested in the content. Yesterday something happened that puzzled me. Three of my White students told me that they wished they were Black. This was not my intention when I planned all my lessons on contributions of African Americans. How should I address this issue?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
I will explain to my student itís nothing wrong with wanting to be another race or ethnicity but they should be proud of their own ethnicity. I will tell them that Whites had just as much contributions to United States as Blacks. Also that every ethnicity plays a part in contributing to the United States which why this place is unique and land of freedom. I would also tell them the hardships that each race went through to get to present day.
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
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Comments:
Rated On: February 11, 2013 2:57 pm
Rated By: Shannon Taylor
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I like the approach you went for with having the students see that all ethnicities contribute to society differently. And that it is ok to want to be apart of another culture.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 11:41 pm
Rated By: MaByvu