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  Case: Black Intern in A Rural School
I am one of few African American students in my teacher education program. My last semester in the elementary education program is designated for a semester-long internship in a local school. I have been very excited about the internship. The schools around us are rural schools with majority White student populations. My first day at my assigned school was quite interesting. When I arrived at school, I easily noticed that almost all the students were White. My supervising teacher introduced me to other teachers in the school all of whom were White. I felt really out of place. Although they did not say or do anything wrong, I felt like they were looking at me in a strange way. At the end of the school day as I was driving out of the parking lot, parents were driving into the school to pick up their children. I saw a number of trucks that had racial slurs or confederate flags in their back bumpers. My discomfort turned into fear. How am I going to complete this internship? What should I do?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
Almost 40 years ago I hired the first black supervisor into an all white southern Ohio manufacturing plant. His success was simple. He was professional, treated his employees fairly and stood with them in difficulties. Management stood behing the new employee as well, you don't side with prejudice people to secure their friendship.
 
     
     
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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
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Rated On: April 18, 2013 7:59 pm
Rated By: Lili G
 
     
     
  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: It is so important for the administration and faculty to stand behind their own, regardless of race.
Rated On: March 5, 2017 9:37 pm
Rated By: uheVaX