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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 would first ask why they wished they were Black. Then I would go on to say that everyone can make a difference no matter their skin color or culture. A person's choices and actions take them down different paths throughout their lives. Who you are and who you want to be is up to you. You can make a difference with hard work and dedication.
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: This is a great response. I love how it highlights the importance of how everyone can be a productive citizen.
Rated On: May 31, 2015 10:01 pm
Rated By: ezyXyh