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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?
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You obviously did a great job portraying African American people to you students. I believe your students may have made this comment for either of two reason. The first reason being that are thinking of the many contributions African Americans have made solely, and not the contributions of their own races and other cultures. Another reason could be that they admire the hard work and initiative of African Americans seeing they they progressed out of unlikely conditions. Either way,I think you should explain to your students that every culture has an important part and place in history. They should happy in their skin and embrace others.
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Rated On: November 3, 2015 8:32 pm
Rated By: yDyjuB