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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!)
First you should ask the students why they wish they were Black. Then explain to them that every race has a unique culture. Then briefly inform them of other races and their cultural background. Be sure to inform them of people from their culture that has made a significant contribution to the US.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
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The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
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Comments: Show the students that people from all backgrounds have made significant contributions to society and have helped shaped the fabric that is America. That's why this country is so incredible, all different kinds of people have done awesome things in our history.
Rated On: October 20, 2014 12:48 am
Rated By: Lauren Hill