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  •  I teach preschool (Head Start) (10+ / 0-)

    And in my classroom right now are three 'mixed race' children.

    Over the years, I have averaged four kids per class.  I would say that center-wide, the average is more like six per class.

    When I started teaching 16 years ago, around St. Patrick's Day, I would do a lesson on ethnicity.  I don't do that anymore.

    Because the kids in my class no longer define themselves as Italian, or Polish, or Irish, or African.

    Mixed is the norm today.  Everyone is American, no matter what they look like.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:39:01 AM PST

    •  Thank goodness (9+ / 0-)

      the kids are making their own rules.  Since it is so much more prevalent now than it was years ago I think it is appropriate that we follow the lead of younger people, especially when it comes to stuff like this.  

      Who ya gonna shoot wit dat homie, you'd rather blast an original instead of a phony, true macaroni, you don't even know me, and why does your gun say n****z only?

      by mim5677 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:47:20 AM PST

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    •  You could still do something on cultural (1+ / 0-)
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      grannycarol

      background. I once taught preschool multilingual music classes, with songs in a dozen languages, in the Music Around the World program. I sing in

      English, including Middle English
      French, including Old French
      Italian
      Spanish, including Ladino
      German
      Yiddish
      Hebrew
      Arabic
      Greek
      Russian, including Church Slavonic
      Macedonian
      Ukrainian
      Georgian
      Armenian
      Korean
      Chinese
      Japanese

      Yeah, I know. I'm weird.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:23:22 PM PST

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      •  Oh- I teach languages every day (0+ / 0-)

        We know how to say "Hello" and Good'bye in Spanish, French, Italian, Swahili, and ASL.

        Other words and expressions- Please, thank you, yes, no, I love you, mother/father, friend

        We talk about similarities, differences, and voice tones.  They so enjoy speaking "British".  And love saying, "Oui, oui,

        Every month we learn a new language.  January will be Japanese and February Chinese.  (Although most of the kids know Chines words- thanks to a TV program.

        They know more Spanish because they will encounter that language more than others.

        My point was that I no longer ask the kids that silly question- "What are you?" because we are all Americans.

        When I was a child, the answer to that question was "Irish/German".

        And I love weird.

        Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

        by grannycarol on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:52:39 PM PST

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