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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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As you mentioned you were making sure that all students had a good sense of all people and all cultures that make up our world. Itís important for all students to understand what makes all of us different and unique. Itís also important that students understand that weíre all different for many reasons. I would insure to the students that just because someone is a different skin color or come from a different cultural background doesnít make him or her any more special than everyone else. I would also discuss to the students that the African American people are not famous simply because of the color of their skin but because of their bravery, their ambition, and their character. I would also remind students of other figures that are not African American who have impacted the US in some way or another.
 
     
     
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Rated On: November 3, 2015 8:31 pm
Rated By: yDyjuB