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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!)
The students' desire to be black could just be them showing appreciation for the culture, contributions and achievements of African Americans. I would address the issue by first explaining to them that it is okay to appreciate the culture of other people but that they must love themselves for who they are. Next I would explain to them that their culture is valuable also. This would be an excellent time to highlighting people of other cultures who have made significant contributions to the United States. It is important to let the students know that they are studying the people because of what they have done not because of their skin color. A great activity for the students would be for them to create a project where they highlight the contributions of their culture and also say why they love themselves.
 
     
     
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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 5:51 pm
Rated By: Doniesha
 
     
     
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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 really like this idea and think it would really be effective in heaping students to appreciate and be grateful for their culture.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 3:17 pm
Rated By: esaSaV
 
     
     
  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: Great post!!!
Rated On: July 10, 2015 2:48 am
Rated By: RaMevy
 
     
     
  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: I appreciate the emphasis this solution places on what these people have done, not their color.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 7:23 pm
Rated By: yJeXad