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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!)
The first thing that I would do would be to ask the students to explain why they felt this way. By having them explain their feelings, you will better be able to address the issue by understanding their thought processes. I would also be sure to explain to the class as a whole that the purpose of the lessons is not to promote one race as better than any others but to highlight accomplishments. I would then be sure to include lessons showing the accomplishments of individuals from a variety of different races to help students see that it has taken all of these individuals to make America and the world the place that it is today and that they are all important.
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 agree, the teacher should have a better understanding of why the girls responded the way that they did. The purpose of the lesson is very important for all of the students to be aware of. It is important of the students to have an understanding of how all historical people of many races, contributed to the US.
Rated On: May 29, 2014 12:38 am
Rated By: Kimberly Rahn