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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 think in this situation that itís important to point out to students of this age that all people have value and skin color does not make any one person more valuable or successful than another. Also itís important that you show them there are many admirable figures of every color, shape and size. I think you might have been better served focusing on more than one race of historical figures at a time with this age group. Help your students celebrate who they are, no matter what of their color, shape or size, give them examples of a wide range of successful historical figures so that they can appreciate the fact that our history is not limited to white or black but instead every shade imaginable.
 
     
     
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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
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I completely agree with you.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:47 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery
 
     
     
  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: This solution does a great job in helping the students appreciate who they are as individuals while appreciating those who are different from them, as well.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 7:25 pm
Rated By: yJeXad