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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 would have a class discussion about being proud of who you are and highlight the notable contributions made by people of all races, religions, ethnicities, and genders. I would have students of different backgrounds discuss if they are treated differently due to their race/religion/ethnicity/gender. I would also ask students if they notice if OTHER students are treated different due to race/religion/ethnicity/gender.
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 love your idea of highlighting people of all races and helping them be proud of who they are, great idea.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:41 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery