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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 this is a good learning opportunity for you and your class to understand cultural and racial differences. The world would be a boring place without all types of cultures and it is important that you as the teacher make this known. Explain to the three students that you are born exactly how you are supposed to be, and think about the reasons why being white is respectable. They should understand that each culture brings its own unique backgrounds and differences and we should appreciate the diversity at the school. Some students may be confused and not really understand diversity, so explain what diversity is, and create lessons focusing on diverse cultures and differences.
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Rated On: June 12, 2014 6:23 pm
Rated By: LeeAnna Elder