My 6th graders are learning about directions, and one of the vocab words is “between”. My co-teacher likes music, so I found a Sesame Street song, starring Wayne Brady and Elmo, about the word “between.” I love Sesame Street, it’s a great teaching tool, and I thought my students would love it too.
They pointed to the screen and asked, “Obama?”
Uhhhh… No. Just… no.
My co-teacher laughed it off, saying that my students also think all white people look like me. Which would explain why they call me Lizzy, who was their teacher last year.
“The students need to see different faces,” she explained.
Their text books try to rectify this - the national textbook has a character named Peter, who is black.
They’ll probably think he’s Obama’s son or something.