Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ruby Bridges to Today

In my second grade special ed classroom, we've been studying school integration. The texts we've been using include The Story of Ruby Bridges, Through My Eyes, and Remember.

The kids get it. One of my students said, "I think I know why there were laws that made life for white people better. I think it is because all of the people in the court were white."

My kids see our school as integrated because there are many shades of black and brown. But we're still not there at all. Here's a great story from Village Voice, Inside a Divided Upper East Side School.

If you're a white student and you arrive at the public elementary school building on 95th Street and Third Avenue, you'll probably walk through the front door. If you're a black student, you'll probably come in through the back.


Dave said...

I'm not going to defend discriminatory policies, but saying, "The kids get it," when they say that courts made life for white people better simply because they were also white is a problem.

I'm sure some courts did, but this seems like an over-simplified analysis which you seem to be just fine letting the students believe is complete.

Surely your students would benefit from a more nuanced analysis, and from the knowledge that people (even discriminatory judges) are more complex than single-mindedly race-driven.

what'wanna said...

生命就像騎單車一樣,除非你停止踩踏板,否則不會掉下去。 ..................................................

LH said...

My students are second grade special education and I thought that was a pretty advanced comment for them. No analysis is complete, but I do agree with them.