I recently came across this video which was an experiment conducted by a visionary school teacher, Jane Elliot in 1970 which documented how easily children/ people could be manipulated to believe in, or be affected by racism. Please watch it.
My children do not see colour or race. One day after a swim meet, my son explained that “The white boy is really fast”. As a WBTM I quickly scoured the competition to look for said “white boy”. It took me a while to find the “white boy” as I had been programmed to look for a white/ caucasian boy, but he was no where to be found. It wasn’t until my son pointed him out directly and introduced me to him as his new friend that I realised my own misguided preconceptions. My six year old’s new friend was in fact a boy in white swim trunks that was a super fast swimmer. It didn’t matter what his race is or was, because Zach didn’t/ doesn’t see race or colour but only achievement and ability. I am learning from him every day.
Please watch the video. X G
N.B: As a parent of two primary kids I also noticed that in 197o third graders were just starting to perfect their phonics and also learn contractions. WOW! Fast forward to 2013 and first graders are now expected to know contractions and write narratives while, third graders are expected to devour the pages of novels such as E.L Konigsburg‘s From the mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and thereafter explore the works of DaVinci and MichelAngelo!