TeacherServer.com
Home | How It Works | Stats
Login | Register
     
  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 you may be assuming the statement by your students is more serious than it is. Sometimes students are not able to clearly express themselves. Your students may have been trying to express a sense of admiration for the Americans you were studying which was your objective. However, supplementing with an additional lesson about all the diverse figures from different cultural backgrounds that have contributed to our society could be useful.
 
     
     
  Rating
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: If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 5:54 pm
Rated By: Doniesha
 
     
     
  Rating
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 No
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I agree the statement could have been taken out of context, also he said that he spend the last couple of week focusing on African Americans, perhaps introducing other cultures is a good solution too like you said.
Rated On: October 20, 2014 12:47 am
Rated By: Adam Sanchez