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  •  Thanks for talking to the teacher (4.00)
    ..and for chrissake, THANK YOU for not bringing a lawyer!

    My daughter is Chinese, the only Asian at her almost all-white, out in the middle of the boonies grade school.  She's terrific, smart, well adjusted, happy and everyone at school, kids and teachers alike, all think she's as wonderful as I do.  But every once in a great while she is taught something or exposed to something that is tinged with racism.  These incidents are rare, and so far have always been unintentional.

    Each time this has occured I stop by and talk with her teacher -- in person --  and each time it was cleared up immediately, resulting in a better understanding from both teacher and family of the challenges we each face in raising and teaching kids who are "different."

    In my experience, teachers almost always want to "get it right" and will bend over backwards to work with parents who are willing to work with them.  That's not to say there aren't asshole teachers anymore than it says there aren't asshole parents.  I'm thankful my kid hasn't had any of them yet, and I hope the same remains true for your son, too.  Good job.

    The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

    by Eddie Haskell on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 12:05:49 PM PST

    •  asian awareness (4.00)
      My son is ethnic Chinese and my "cringe moment" came last year when he proudly brought home his art project: a "coolie" hat. I had to go to the internet and print out several descriptions of "coolie" as an offensive term before the art teacher backed down.I know it is used by older Chinese Americans(have read it in books, again - in context)but did not want my son to learn that term at age five.
      Lefty, your son is one handsome little guy.Looks happy, too - must be good parenting!

      Is it 2008 yet? It's been "1984" long enough!

      by Chun Yang on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 01:07:14 PM PST

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