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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!)
This seems like a tough situation when you are put on the spot like that, since it is an atypical response. I would try to come-back with questioning, "Why do you wish you were Black? What about being a Black person have you learned that makes you wish that?" (Questioning these students, in a non-derrogatory manner in front of the class, can serve as a summative review of what they learned about African Americans.) After they have given you responses, I would then say, "Now can you think of any White/Asian, Hispanic, etc. people who have accomplished those types of things too?" If they can not respond, you can then mention similar people from different racial backgrounds all from the US who have made significant contributions. To tie up the conversation, I would then ask the students, "After seeing that many DIFFERENT types of people can ALL accomplish great things in this magnificent country of ours, don't you think children from other countries might be saying, "I wish I were American!? And not just a certain color?" This idea will stress that living in the United States can provide you with more opportunities to do great things and take the emphasis off of color and on to the actual people.
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Rated On: February 1, 2013 2:37 pm
Rated By: Debbie Lee Gaskin
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Rated On: February 18, 2013 1:37 am
Rated By: Simone B.
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Rated On: April 18, 2013 7:38 pm
Rated By: Saoirse Ibarguen
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: Making it "American" instead of by race, is a good solution.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:31 pm
Rated By: Amanda Meredith
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I agree. The color should not be the subject, yet a piece of information given.
Rated On: February 20, 2015 5:10 am
Rated By: ehaZeb
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: I think that this is a good way to address the statement that was made in class. I think that this is not necessarily a bad thing for students to say. But as this solution says asking students why is a good way to get them to use there critical thinking skills. Like the solution also mentions you can talk about the fact that all kinds of people do great things, not only black people. It is important that this lesson is eye opening to them to see that diversity is a good thing.
Rated On: February 24, 2015 3:08 am
Rated By: Autumn Carroll
 
     
     
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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: This is a tough situation, but I liked your reasoning.
Rated On: February 26, 2015 8:59 pm
Rated By: BuMynu
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
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Comments: I agree that this should just be the beginning of a journey to deeper understanding of the students themselves and other people.
Rated On: March 2, 2015 4:23 am
Rated By: SeRuru
 
     
     
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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 think your point about looking into the accomplishments of other cultures is a great idea. You can even ask them to go into their own histories, and look at the accomplishments from their own cultures, ethnicities, European or otherwise.
Rated On: May 28, 2015 4:54 pm
Rated By: Farhat Ahmad
 
     
     
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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: As I was reading your solution, it also made me think of another idea. This discussion could lead to GREAT writing ideas. What a great way to write an informational compare/contrast essay on important people from two differing cultures. Since America is seen as a dominant culture, it would be good to have the students choose two people from the more dominated cultures in the society to help being awareness to the many positive attributes that people from dominated cultures have contributed to the American society.
Rated On: May 29, 2015 12:24 am
Rated By: Monica Rainwater
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: I agree with this solution because I like the idea of questioning the students in a non-derogatory manner and making them think about their answers. Bringing up people who have also did great things from different races is good because its giving them a chance to see great things that can be accomplished by humans not by race.
Rated On: May 29, 2015 4:21 am
Rated By: yteduM
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: I love how you used the students' comments to make a summative review. Great idea!!! I agree with you that after learning about many great Americans in our country, students' perspective may change to being a great American and away from race or color.
Rated On: June 1, 2015 4:39 am
Rated By: uqeXun
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: Great post!!!
Rated On: July 10, 2015 2:46 am
Rated By: RaMevy
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: This is a great solution.
Rated On: October 16, 2015 6:17 pm
Rated By: uqeMeg
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: There are so many people who made enormous contributions to American History. I think that allowing students to continue their research into different people of all backgrounds, cultures, races, etc. would show students the diversity of our history. Furthermore, maybe allow students to do research on their own family culture and background and share the findings with the class. Students should be proud of who they are and realize that everyone in their own unique way can be successful and make an impact.
Rated On: October 17, 2015 5:02 pm
Rated By: Hedese
 
     
     
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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 like that this solution emphasizes that anyone can do great things. The message would get across to the students.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 7:21 pm
Rated By: yJeXad
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
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The suggested solution is original Yes
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Rated On: November 2, 2015 4:43 am
Rated By: uSezaV
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: .
Rated On: November 3, 2015 8:31 pm
Rated By: yDyjuB
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: I think this is a great solution that is likely to solve the problem as well as respecting the students of all culture and nationality.
Rated On: March 2, 2016 3:28 am
Rated By: usudaX
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
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Comments: I am not sure that I would handle this situation this way therefore I would not use this solution in my classroom.
Rated On: March 2, 2016 5:25 am
Rated By: uBybuz
 
     
     
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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: This is a very good response. I like how it encompasses more than just black and white, but different cultures.
Rated On: October 15, 2016 1:37 am
Rated By: etyWys
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: This is a great way to show students that anyone anywhere can achieve these goals
Rated On: February 25, 2017 11:41 pm
Rated By: uWuXyj
 
     
     
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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: This is a great response.
Rated On: March 3, 2017 10:59 pm
Rated By: uDaHeD
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: Very nice response.
Rated On: March 4, 2017 2:35 am
Rated By: Shelby Farrell
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
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Comments: Good
Rated On: October 3, 2017 5:57 pm
Rated By: NuXepy
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: Couldn't have said it better myself!
Rated On: February 25, 2018 7:04 am
Rated By: epuMat
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
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Comments: this is a good solution
Rated On: February 25, 2018 11:13 pm
Rated By: uXysej
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: :)
Rated On: March 15, 2018 1:40 pm
Rated By: aJaTyb
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: I agree with this solution and would do this if I were in this situation!
Rated On: October 11, 2018 1:02 am
Rated By: ugyqyd