"If the child cannot learn in the way we teach...we must teach in the way the child can learn."
That wouldn't fly in today's classroom, but I think it was a pretty good way to teach them about discrimination and how it really feels. It was only a small taste, but it made a difference, at least for a little while.
I have done this. It does work.
Honestly I can't get behind this style of teaching. i see it as counter productive.
This has really opened my eyes. I don't see why this type of teaching would not be effective for children in the classroom now days. The problem is just as real in this day and time as it was then. My son just went thru discrimination at his school. I have volunteered there and seen the discrimination myself. I have witnessed a little black child being ignored by 3 adults (a teacher, student counselor, and a tutor) supposedly there to assist any student that needed help. I watched him go back and forth to each asking if someone would help him with his reading assignment. The teacher spotted me watching and asked if I'd do it and I said yes. Then the little boy confided in me why he didn't like being there. "Everyone ignores me," he said. "They never let me play games with them or let me play with them." I was volunteering because my son had a complaint that he was cutting up with this little boy. My son hates bullies and decided to team up with this kid and unfortunately went about the wrong way. The boy saw no self worth in himself and since was being ignored, found no reason to sit still to listen to a teacher who would never call on him. It still exists. Perhaps we need this training to make a comeback.
*Fortunately, my son is pulled BACK HOME! I will still educated him, but I am going to continue to teach him to stand up for those who can't speak up for themselves!
I think it was just as much of a learning experience for the teacher as the kids, which IMO is the best kind of learning. Great and thoughtful discussions. But I hope there are no lasting repercussions from it. Just tolerance.
I love this woman!!
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