Teaching Kids About Race

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., departed from the text he'd prepared for his speech to some 200,000 marchers gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and gave what became his most famous oration. Since 1986, we have celebrated his birthday every January and this year President Obama was inaugurated for the second time on that holiday. Teaching your chilldren about his contributions to American history and society can be a little tricky, however, without also discussing racism and its effects. While the issue is important for both parents and children to understand, presenting it in a way that young children can comprehend takes some consideration.

How teacher and diversity & inclusion respresentative, Madeleine Rogin, presented the issue to her students got her thinking about how she broached the subject with her own children and offers some insight on the issue in an "Expert Q&A". As she puts it, "I learned that my daughter was asking me to help her make sense of this story and that in order to support her development I would have to engage in conversations about skin color and racism." Read more here: http://www.pbs.org/parents/experts/archive/2013/02/how-to-teach-kids-abo...

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