Students Dress in Klan Attire for Class Assignment

BY: - 30 Jan '13 | On the Web

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When it comes to the classroom curriculum where should a teacher draw the line? In Las Vegas Nevada a teacher allowed his students to dress as members of the KKK for a U.S. History project. The students, both in high school, obtained their teacher’s permission to do a narrative in order to “demonstrate their knowledge of American History.” After images were obtained of the students outside the classroom still in their costume, letters were written to the school by parents who were concerned about what had occurred. As reported by The Huffington Post:

“In a letter to parents, Principal Scott Walker called the incident ‘unfortunate,’ the Sun reports. ‘While the presentation was designed to highlight the atrocities committed by the Klan, and there was no intention to harm or offend on the part of the students, it was in poor judgment and inappropriate for students to go to such lengths to convey their message,’ Walker wrote. ‘We are deeply sorry for the offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding.’”

The teacher was not disciplined for this incident and instead was reminded of district policy. For more on this story visit The The Huffington Post.

BMWK — Do you think the teacher should have been disciplined for allowing this to take place in his classroom?

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We Too Are the Mothers and Fathers of Future Scientists

BY: - 31 Jan '13 | On the Web

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According to The New York Times, as reported by BET “only 12 percent of black eight-grade boys are proficient in math, compared to 44 percent of white boys.” There are many theories as to why this is the case; however, despite what statistics suggest our children have the ability to grow up and become scientists and mathematicians. Thanks to a Silicon Valley Science Fair black students are being afforded the opportunity to showcase their skills.

“Besides just allowing Black kids to feel good about themselves, the science fair helps destroy the notion that Black kids just can’t ‘get’ difficult scientific concepts.”

The Frank S. Greene Scholars Program Science Fair had 80 entrants this year, all of them a reminder that we too are raising future math and science trailblazers. For more on this story visit BET.

BMWK – Despite many of our kids having a love for the sciences why do you think there continues to be an achievement gap?

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