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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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It's great to hear that your students were very engaged and interested in the content. As for the three students who "wished they were Black," I would try to clarify the motive behind their comments. Why do they wish they were Black? What makes them say that? My guess would be that they were impressed with the contributions the individuals made to the US. If this were the case, I would encourage those students that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to, regardless of race. The color of the individuals' skin was not the determining factor in their successes, rather it was their drive, dedication, and ingenuity.
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Comments: Good solution
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:14 am
Rated By: uZyvaP