Respecting Everyone

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Have you ever been treated unfairly because of the color of your skin? If you have, here is some advice. Ask that person why they’re being mean to you. But if they threaten you, stay away from them.

Have you ever heard of a little girl named Ruby Bridges (or Ruby B)? Because she was so well educated, the governor of Louisiana allowed her to go to a white kid’s school. Every morning, Ruby B had to walk into the school with guards because people were saying that they were going to poison her.

The kids that Ruby was supposed to be in the class with were moved to another room because their parents didn’t want them to be near a black person.

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Today people are still judged by the color of their skin.

Like a white man went into a bible study in Charleston, South Carolina June 17, 2015 and shot 9 people. I’m still trying to figure out why people are doing these things.

I think people should try to be nice and not make violence. But now, still through all of this, I try to focus on what is right. If people judge me by the color of my skin, or my gender, I just don’t pay attention to them, I focus on what I need to do. One time at school, I was playing a math game and I won. Then one of the boys said to his friend “How did you get beat by a girl!?! You’re smarter than her. Now go win this game!” But instead he won 2nd place, I won 1st.

If I did pay attention to people who judge by the color of their skin, sometimes I’d be sad, or mad, but I like the emotion described in the movie Home by the alien named ‘Boov’ — I would be “Sadmad.”

Now that’s All For this time!

by Zaria E. Hanchell

Who’s buying MOJO Education?

Have you heard the latest buzz in education? Mojo Education, the leading supplier of the coolest diversity products is up for sale . . . to everyone, that is! After years of providing products to resellers, we are expanding our offerings to everyone. Christmas Day, MOJO Education goes live as they say in the internet world and all MOJO products will be available for retail online. Along with having a retail presence, we also invite you to follow us on twitter @playtheMOJOway for specials, fun ideas, giveaways, and much more. We are very excited about this opportunity and welcome you to PLAY THE MOJO WAY!

Jevonne K. McRae, CEO

I See You, You See Me: Body Image and Social Justice

Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center – This series helps students think about their bodies and body images in a social justice context. Each lesson looks at a different aspect of the relationship children have with their bodies. The series helps students take ownership over their own feelings and attitudes and develop an activist stance in terms of understanding body image and also looking after their own physical and emotional wellbeing.

Wow! A must-visit website: full of lesson plans, resources, strategies, teaching kits, and much more on tolerance, a key component for diversity and multicultural education.

http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/i-see-you-you-see-me-body-image-and-social-justice

5 Must-Have Teacher Qualities to Look For in Multi-Cultural Education

Have you ever wondered why some teachers do an extraordinary job with creating an environment that embraces the cultural background and experiences of children in their classrooms? Why do some teachers do a fantastic job in weaving diversity into the structure of children’s daily experiences?

I believe these extraordinary individuals take seriously their responsibilities to ensure those future generations of “nation builders” better accept their neighbors regardless of their hair style, head covering, unique physical differences and/or appearances. These extraordinary individuals understand that the term “unity” does not take away from one’s own uniqueness. When you enter their classroom, you instantly know every child shares in ownership of the environment. In their classrooms, you will notice displays from lives of all children in the room, but also of people from around the world. In these classrooms, when children are questioned about their similarities and differences, without fear or hesitation, and with respect they share many things about the subject, such as when 4-year-old “Paul shares that Annie’s home (an apartment) is different from his (a trailer), but she likes her home, and I like mine.” Paul and Annie begin to share the designs of their living quarters; they both have windows, beds, couches, etc. and even that one is long and one is high in the sky. How do children comfortably share their similarities and differences with such ease? Because their teachers go the extra mile to help, children learn to understand the importance of self. These dedicated teachers invested time with sincerity to learn each child’s background and integrate this information into the environment regularly. Their reward, earned for their sincere efforts to learn about children and families, is a high level of trust from both children and their parents.

These innovative teachers do not worry about pointing out their students’ differences and similarities. These individuals embrace and accept with enthusiasm the knowledge, talent, and contribution of all the children and their families. These teachers are full of compassion and respect for their children, their family, and the world.

These committed teachers indeed make profound contributions toward changing how people of the world will be viewed. From my personal observations over the years, these committed and motivated educators displayed five qualities:

  1. Self- Assurance: Teachers believe in themselves, they trust their work, and are not concerned about the perception of others.
  2. Advocate: Teachers through their work taught children to speak up about whom they were, to advocate for themselves.
  3. Patient: They accepted that working with diverse population require time. They listen with an open ear to learn about their children’s lives.
  4. Tolerant: Through their patience, teachers gained a broader understanding about fairness and the importance of accepting others regardless of their opinions, practices, race, religion, and nationality and transferred these traits into their classroom environment.
  5. Resourceful: From the classroom, to the community, to the world, these teachers without diminishing their present environment collaborated with numerous individuals and resources to expose children to the world of others.

By Dot Hill, Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer