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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!)
I will take in consideration that these are 5th graders. I will clearly let them realize that it does not matter what color you are, one can set goals and can influence others to complish great things as well as the other. One's color, black or white, does not mean that your success are limited or you can only do certain things because of your color. Color is no better or less than the other. I can remember that they were many black chidren that wish they were white back in the day because whites made up ninety to a hundred percent of the lesson that was taught each day. These issues has to be explained at an early age. I would also mix it up a little talking about about the great contributions that were made by both race. I wouldn't give them the idea that one color is better than the other a particular category.
 
     
     
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Rated On: February 1, 2013 2:38 pm
Rated By: Debbie Lee Gaskin
 
     
     
  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:
Rated On: April 20, 2013 2:18 pm
Rated By: Ashley Dellane