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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 that this is a difficult situation to be in epsecially if you are located in the "South". Many schools hold a "Black" history month where they discuss how serveral black individuals changed history. I love to teach this material! There are so many different interesting people and their are so many differnet peices of history to be discussed. I do feel however that the "White" population is left out of schools. We tend to foucs on the negitive aspect of the old "white" popuation. We need to start implementing differnt cultural studies throughout the year. I think that each culture plays a specific role in our society especially since our country is a "melting pot"! I would encourgage this teacher to discuss all the wonderful things their culture/skin color has accomplished.