Next Monday is MLK Jr. Day. We won't be in school so I've taken some time this week to teach my students a bit about American History. I feel that especially in my building (99.9% Africian American, 99.9% free lunch) that it's important for them to learn about people in their culture who made a positive difference.
I wasn't very well informed about Black history, to say the least. Thanks to one of my college roommates, Jenny, I'm now in the know!
Anyways, to teach a room full of inner city black 9 year olds about that time in history is awkward. Here are some of the questions I've answered, or tried to, so far.
1. Why did you hate us?
Mrs. H -I didn't hate you, I wasn't alive then.
2. That's racist!
Mrs. H- Yes. It was.
3. They said Negro word!!!
Mrs. H- They didn't know it was a bad word back then.
4. Why did white people used to be better then black people, and now black people are better then white people?
Mrs. H- ummmmm
5. I wish it was the same now, so we would get to come to school.
Mrs. H- How will you have a job someday if you don't go to school?