Straight Up with Sherri

Friday, February 11, 2005

We Don’t Need No Education……….We Only Need our Thoughts CONTROLLED!

Okay, so those aren’t the actual lyrics by Pink Floyd, but it sure seems to be the purpose of our Public Schools these days. I have been feeling the sting of all this for quite a while.

I have a 6-year-old daughter who attends Kindergarten at our local Elementary School. One day last week, we were driving along and she says, “Black people listen to black music, but Kevin’s not black and he listens to black music.” (Kevin is my 15-year-old son, her brother.) I thought I was going to head over an embankment. SHE’S SIX! Where on EARTH did she get THAT? As I start asking her questions about her statement, I couldn’t believe my ears! “White people listen to country music.” (This one ticked me off more than the last comment!) Then she says, “Mrs. (so-and-so) likes Usher and Brittany Spears. She dances to their music all the time in her house.” YES- my knuckles turned white as I found myself gripping the steering wheel.

After asking a few questions, I realized that one of her teachers had been “sharing” this information with her class. This wasn’t a conversation taking place out on the playground where the kids were just hanging out talking with the teacher. They were gathered in a circle, sitting on the floor. Rather than trying to teach her that her teacher was full of hogwash- this wouldn’t be helpful to her in the future- I decided to just teach her to question things she hears; even if she hears it from sources she considers to be credible or truthful. So I asked her, “Well, can black people listen to country music?” She says, “I don’t know. I don’t know much about black people.” NOW I AM HEARTBROKEN! Out of the 6 or 7 friends that she plays with and talks about all the time, only 2 of them are white, the others are black (African American). Then I ask, “Can white people listen to black music?” She replies, “I don’t know much about white people either.” Finally I asked, “What is black music?” She answers, “Rap!”

I don’t even know where to start. Before I continue my rant, let me lead you to two articles in the news; 'Anti-Racist' Message in Mass. Math Class and Student awarded for Bush-Hitler project;Compares president's policies to Nazi pillage of Europe. What are our schools doing? When I read the first article about the ‘Anti Racist’ message in teaching objectives I can’t help but think they are doing EVERYTHING backwards. The key to teaching children to respect others is teaching them to respect themselves! But all the anti-racism teaching in the world will NEVER get anywhere if they are taught things like “White people listen to country music.”

I don’t take issue with the idea of teaching kids to not be racist. I do take issue with their methods! When parents are making comments like, "My children do not know Christopher Columbus, except that he was a racist who caused the death of many innocents or the founders of the nation. They have hardly heard of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln even though we live in the area that began it all. What they do know about is the wonders of Ghana, Mexico and China," we are looking at some SERIOUS problems for this next generation. Then when I read things like this; “Academic advocates of multicultural education say anti-racist education and multicultural education are very close in definition and say many people don't have a good idea of exactly what racism is, so they don't understand efforts to combat it in the classroom,” I realize that the battle is going to take AN ARMY of concerned parents who are committed to being vigilant in making sure that changes are truly made. How condescending! We don’t understand efforts to combat racism in the classroom because we don’t know have a good idea of exactly what racism is? Oh, I get it. You defend this crapt by claiming that YOU have the corner market on understanding racism; therefore, you get to define it- and ultimately just decide that it is YOUR job to teach OUR children YOUR agenda, using YOUR methods, and AT THE EXPENSE of teaching the skills and curriculums that schools were DESIGNED FOR! PERFECT! JUST PERFECT!

I want to make it clear that I am not attacking ALL teachers. I am not attacking ALL schools. I happen to know some WONDERFUL teachers, and there is NO DOUBT that our teachers deal with things that you just couldn’t pay me enough to deal with. Being able to spend 7-8 hours a day with 30 children, and having to reach certain goals and criteria is a GIFT! It is truly a GIFT- and a GIFT that I DON’T HAVE! Not having this gift does not however, mean that I don’t understand when someone is abusing their time with my children and it certainly doesn’t mean they are at liberty to teach whatever THEY feel is important.

Then we have the other story about a 17-year-old kid who “insisted he was trying to make comparisons between the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the German blitzkrieg without actually equating Hitler to Bush.” Uhuh, sure and “No mommy, I didn’t eat the brownies,” says the 3 year old with a face covered with chocolate. Who is teaching this child? WHO? Has this kid SEEN pictures of the dead bodies and the walking skeletons found in NAZI concentration camps? Show me Jeffrey Eden, where the U.S. lead war in Iraq has ANY comparison to the spewing of Anti-Semite propaganda and systematic extermination by ANY race or religion! In fact, Bush had consistently defended Islam. He has reached out to Muslims and Arabs time and time again.

Amazing how none of his teachers had bothered to show him pictures of the mass graves of WWII and the pictures of HUSSEIN’S mass graves in Iraq. It was SADDAM who targeted people- women and children included- for violent attacks, based strictly on their race and/or religion! It is Hitler that did this same thing! This is PURE evil. The worst part is the teacher smacking an “A” on a student’s project that is steeped in propaganda and VOID facts! Even more disturbing is the Rhode Island Scholastic Art people giving him an AWARD for it!
To top it all off, I hear teachers get upset with people who choose to home-school. I have witnessed a public school teacher try and berate a friend of mine for home-schooling his children. The kicker- my friend is a PROFESSOR! YEAH! A PROFESSOR! The gall! It is like a mechanic sending his car out to be fixed by a government agency more interested in making the cars look pretty than actually worrying about how the car RUNS!

There is so much more to say on this- but I think I’ll let you all cover the rest. I need to head to my local high school for some tips on how to dress my 4 year old……….


  • This is a tremendously important topic to me, Sherri:
    Thank you for bringing it out into your forum. I find the diversity indoctrination in our public schools to be one of the most devastating education processes that have ever been undertaken. What has always made America great is the concept of the melting-pot. It is not our diversity that makes us strong, but our commonality. The power of our differences is the ability to learn from one another. We must all be Americans, first and only. If my ancestors were so freakin' proud of being German and Irish, they could have stayed in the old country. They forsook everything to leave the past and become "Americans". Sure, they had their language and cultures that comforted them for a few generations. But those were rightfully allowed to fade.

    As for differences, nobody ever fights over what they have in common. When we teach the children that they are different, we are polarizing them. The TEACHERS DO IT, NOT THE KIDS. I have heroes in my life. They have places of status in my heart because of who they are and what they have done and taught me. None has a "special" place because of gender or race or ethnicity. Althought they come from all backgrounds. And those backgrounds make them what they are. Let them know the experiences and share the results with me. I do not "tolerate" these people, I "love" them. To tell me I need to learn to tolerate is denigrating to me and to my heroes.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:01 AM  

  • Sherri

    I do believe your racism is showing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:09 PM  

  • Having two young children in public school, I find this topic of great interest. I think it is very important for teachers to respect the culture of their students. I had an experience, when my 4th grade daughter, told me one of her teachers stated to the class, "75% of the black boys in the class will go the jail." I was furious at first. But at the suggestion of my husband, I asked more questions before storming up to the school. Come to find out, the teacher was trying to teach the students the importance of education, and also reveal to them, some of the struggles of the young black male. The talk turned out to be an actual positive one, with a little bit of harsh reality. This situation is not always the case. I have found that some teachers over stress their own values, sometimes contrary to positive/helpful conversation. But, as a parent, I feel it is my responsibilty to ask questions, and provide answers and insight of my own.

    By Anonymous D02035464 CH, at 12:24 PM  

  • As vague generalities go, the following statements could actually be said to be generally correct:

    --Black people listen to "black music."
    --"Black music" consists largely of that subset of R&B music called Rap.
    --White people listen to "country music."

    The problem is that they are vague generalities that, in the context of when and where your daughter's teacher said them, might only serve to reinforce certain stereotypes. Now of course stereotypes exist for a reason: there's usually a bit of truth to them! But it sounds like your daughter is nevertheless seeing through the stereotypes, in re her comment about her brother. I would hope that your daughter's teacher would have taken the time to point out that, although different types of music develop out of different cultures, ALL types of music can be enjoyed by ALL people, no matter what the color of their skin.

    I can't help but wonder what the teacher's purpose was in bringing this up. I am DEEPLY suspicious of a school's or a teacher's motives in dealing with this sort of thing, and as evidenced by the articles to which you linked, I have good reason to be. A discussion of racial differences in the context of a Social Studies class is one thing, but trying to interject it into the math and science curriculum sounds suspiciously like indoctrination.

    The multi-culti approach tends to degenerate into moral and cultural relativism, where no particular viewpoint or cultural practice is considered "good" or "bad," just "different." Unless, of course, we're talking about the Unites States, or more generally Western civilization, which are presented as the wellspring of all the world's ills.

    By Blogger Sloan, at 1:52 PM  

  • RWNJ

    Your passion on this topic is not only seel felt, but also well received. YOu impress me with your understanding of the real catalist..........


    Well SAID!!!! YOU ROCK! I'm honored to have you take the time to visit and comment!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 2:25 PM  

  • Great blog!

    Read Thomas Sowell's "Inside American Education: the Decline, the Deception, the Dogma" to find more horrible examples of "progressive education," such as fourth-grade field-trips to funeral homes, graphic pornography shown in 5th grade classrooms, etc. It also documents the achievement and decline of the Dunbar High School.

    Alan Lynd's 1953 "Quackery in the Public Schools" is also good.

    Find also Frank Smith's "Insult to Intelligence," and "Reading Without Nonsense."

    Oh- my blog's up and running, the torment is over.

    By Blogger Tom, at 4:24 PM  

  • Sherri,
    There is one thing that I have learned and that is children are tape recorders. You have to say and do things decent and in order.
    Unfortunately, the buck doesn't stop there. We (adults) stereotype music because that is what we were taught to know: White's listen to country & opera. Blacks dominate the R&B and HipHop industries. These are stereotypes that have been here ever since music was introduce.
    Ask your daughter does she like the rapper "Emienm" or Justin Timberlake (R&B & POP), Lenny Kravitz (alternative)or how about Snoop Dogg (Rap&POP). These are artist that are popular in to days time that choose to sing or rap music in a differant "culture". Why do we, as adults, always start a fire and run when its out of control? Maybe the teacher was trying to have a general conversation to the children and she didn't word her words correctly. As far as your daughter, she doesn't understand the racial barrier with music and she doesn't see her friends as "black" or "white" but she problem see them as being just her friends with differant shades of color. Now that's a BEAUTIFUL THING!

    By Blogger CA7350, at 4:26 PM  

  • As the mother of four, ranging in age from 12 years to 19 months, I think I know a little something about children. I find this "anti-racism" campaign that many in the public school system seem to champion to be somewhat oxymoronic. Children are not born with the ugly, hateful propensity to hurt one another. If I am doing my job as a parent, my children will never distinguish people by the color of their skin. I have had my daughter tell me about her day and refer to a child that I don't know. When I ask what she looks like so I can search my memory, she tells me, "She is about my size and has black hair." It would never occur to her to tell me that she is black, even if she were the only black child in the class. This tells me I am doing it right. To have someone "teach" my children that there is "black music" and "white music" or anything else that is so blatantly segregated irritates me beyond belief! To those that think they are easing racial tension be teaching anti-racism techniques in public school, I say that my children wouldn't have a racist thought if it weren't for people like you pointing out the differences between people. They know everyone is unique, that doesn't make them better or worse than anyone else. Sherri I feel for your situation. If it were my child I would imagine that I might be arrested for a racist hate crime because I am prejudiced. I can't stand stupid people.

    Thanks for your hard work!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:37 PM  

  • Sherri stop thinking one way....home schooling can better than inclass schooling

    By Blogger naomi, at 4:45 PM  

  • Sherri stop thinking one way....home schooling can better than inclass schoolingnaomi

    I have no idea what you are trying to say......
    (after reading what you wrote- I sure hope YOU aren't home schooling-LOL!)

    I didn't discuss homeschooling vs public schooling.

    But if you would like to know my opinion on it-- try asking instead of assuming anything and accusing me of "thinking one way." In fact, I think from my statements about the school teacher berating my friend- I pointed out how this teacher was thinking one way.

    I happen to think that anyone whom homeschools is AWESOME! I don't have the luxery for that to be an option for me-- not to mention-- muy lack of "structure" would probably be a disaster for my children if I tried to!! LOL!

    I happen to think that NO ONE should be berated for such a choice. Weather you homeschool or send your children to public school-- both I think is just a personal decision based on what is best for each family. What is right for one-- may not be right for another..........
    much like chhosing to stay at home with or kids or work outside the home- very personal decision that deserves no one else's judgment.....

    Thanks for keeping an open mind yourself...........

    and may also say-- while I may be a tad confused by your attack full of assumption-- I do commend you for speaking out, and at least not hiding behond "anonymous!"

    Thank you naomi....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 6:27 PM  

  • Regarding the home school issue, I do not believe that the relative merit is any different than any other schooling. There are good homeschoolers and bad homeschoolers (look at the couple in Florida this week, for example). There are good teachers and bad teachers in public, private, and parochial schools. The difference in venue is a matter of finances and the values that parents demand be passed on to their children. The states recognize this and do make some attempt to assure that adequate standards are applied to all school situations.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 6:43 PM  

  • Wait till she gets to high shcool. If your school system was anything like mine, in history/world cultures she'll hear about how evil and racist the US was towards the Japanese/Japanese Americans in WWII. She won't be taught about Japanese racism and atrocities, such as the rape of Nanking, or their use biological warfare. In 9th grade World Cultures class, we had an assignment to put FDR and Truman on trial for war crimes (internment of Japanese-Americans-- but not German-America, and for the atomic bombs.) As if Americans were the bad guys in WWII! Luckily, I still managed to come out of the class as a conservative.
    Love your blog by the way!

    By Anonymous Megan, at 8:58 PM  

  • girl........

    how can you send your kids to public school and then complain?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:14 PM  

  • I suspect Sherri isn't willing or able to make the sacrifices necessary to send her children to private schools.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:15 AM  

  • To Anonymous that asked, "How can you send your kids to public school and then complain?"...

    First: Who do you think pays for public school? I do, you do, and Sherri does! We should have more input into how a public school system is run than a private one. A private school is a for profit business that can choose to operate in any format they wish. If you send your child there, you are accepting that format. A public school is supposed to operate much the same as the government is supposed to operate: without individual teacher putting their own spin on things. Public schools are supposed to teach our children to read and write, not their personal moral code.

    Second: Why Sherri has made the choice to send her children to public school is irrelevant. That is a parent's decision to make and whatever that decision is it should not mean that a child is subjected to the personal biases of individual teachers. I will teach my children morals and values, the teacher can teach them nouns and division.

    It irritates me to no end that the government will say that my child cannot say a prayer in school but their teacher can teach them to segregate based on race. The last time I checked we had integrated the schools and discriminating based on race was illegal. Why are these matters being addressed in kindergarten and first grade? I certainly agree it needs to be addressed in social studies and cultural classes but even then it should not be the teacher's view, it should be a complete view from both perspectives.

    Sherri, I love your blog! I have yet to read a post that I didn't completely agree with you on and I am so glad you are bringing you perspectives to the masses!



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:26 AM  

  • That is a parent's decision to make and whatever that decision is it should not mean that a child is subjected to the personal biases of individual teachersYou've got to realize that many of our choices have consequences. Pragmatically speaking, it's much easier to find a private school more in line with Sherri's thinking than to try to force it down the throat of the public school system. Sure, she can stand firm and say "this is the way it should be in our public schools", but reality says different. If she truly wants to protect her kids, and not just make a statement, she needs to put them in private schools.

    The idea that private schools are less accountable, by the way, is ludicrous...I assume you were just being argumentative there.

    - Working Dad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:07 PM  

  • It is REDICULOUS to even imply that if someone is UNHAPPY with PUBLIC schools, that the answer is to put their child into private schools. We aren't talking about deciding if I should choose between McDonald's and Burger King...

    We NEED concerned parents to pay attention to our public schools, and what they are teaching and how they are teaching it--

    The purpose of public schools is not- and never should be- to raise them morally. Moral issues will come up-- NO DOUBT-- but we as a society are expecting our children to be spending their time on math, reading, social studies, history, science, art, music, etc.

    The schools BEG for parents to get involved- but they limit the involvement.... and the opportunities to TRULY have a say in what is taught. MANY programs, changes and curriculum changes are done under the radar....

    They don't send flyers home saying "HEY- were are going to introduce ________, come to the gym on Tuesday at 7:00 pm to discuss possible changes and what this would include and vote on weather or not you WANT it.

    They don't do it.....

    I have dealt with my son's principle and HIS boss....

    Talk about a bunch of blowing smoke up my butt!

    Private schools are wonderful-- especially for those that can afford it. Home schooling is great too- again-- if you have the time and money for it...

    As a SINGLE MOTHER-- with a DEAD-BEAT husband- that isn't a VIABLE CHOICE FOR ME!

    MY children should not be at the mercy of the public schools. PUBLIC schools are NOT FREE! But too many parents treat it as such-- and we have let the system get OUT OF CONTROL!!!

    Too many of us TRUSTED this system-- we are not aware of the MASSIVCE changes that have taken place since OUR DAYS!

    I am not even going to begin to DEFEND "letting" my children go to public schools. It is GROSSLY ARROGANT to begin to criticize someone for sending their children to public schools and trying to be involved and make sure that those public schools are doing the RIGHT thing by the children and families they were created to serve...


    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 4:00 PM  


    How DARE YOU make a judgment that if I "TRULY CARE" about my kids- that then I would do what YOU say!


    "If you LOVE me __________" Pure MANIPULATION! YOU have no idea the choices and sacrafices I have meade because I DO TRULY CARE FOR MY CHILDREN! NO IDEA!

    Would love to see you come back-- don't mind if you agree or disagree-- BUT I WILL NOT SIT SILENTLY BY AS YOU MAKE JUDGMENTS ON ME-- especially when you hide.

    I am right here--- MY NAME-- MY FACE-- I CHOOSE to put myself out here for your scrutiny. I also choose to accept the specks in my eye--HOW ABOUT YOU??????

    Time to run-- must give the kids their daily rations of bread and water............ just 'cause I TRULY CARE.

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 4:22 PM  

  • Okay, Working Dad. Let's put the money where the mouth is! FULL VOUCHERS. I pick whatever school I want my kids to attend at state expense. If the state indoctrination centers can't compete, let them be taken over by someone who can provide quality education. After all, it's all our money - only the distribution is questioned, not the source.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 4:46 PM  

  • Kid do not see color. Color is taught to them. What do I mean, I a kid came have friend of all race, but went a grow up put it into to the child head that we should not do the same thing it is sad. you should have a long talk with her.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:21 PM  

  • This is so true. My 8 year old comes home with some crazy questions some times. I know teachers give their opinion on certain topics but it seem like a lot of their answers are one sided. It can be very difficult some times to get my daughter to understand that there is more than one way to look at a situation and that some times my daughter misinterpret the information that is given by the teacher.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:56 PM  

  • Hear, hear, Sherri. Unfortunately there's plenty of arrogance to go around in the homeschool community. It was better when I was being homeschooled, but back then people were still being arrested for it. That kind of threat helps keep people humble. Well, most people.

    One irritating aspect of the homeschooling movement even back then was the tendency to believe that once a person started homeschooling, they were separated from all responsibility or concern over public education. But homeschoolers' tax dollars support public education as much as anyone else's, and it is not only a right but a responsibility for them to try to make sure that money is being well-spent. Homeschooling is not a renunciation of civic responsibility.

    By Blogger Crazy Diamond, at 12:51 AM  

  • This seems to be a black and white again. I think these topic get very old.

    By Blogger RNR9711, at 4:08 PM  

  • I am a strong believer in education and all children deserve the best. However, the folks whom we have teaching our children have racial issues themselves. I see there's no escape. Ignorance still leaves. How sad is that? I am very disappointed.

    By Blogger RNR9711, at 4:11 PM  

  • While I can somewhat understand your views, I think that you went a little overboard. I think it is pretty know that the majority of white people listen to country music over rap or r and b music. And the majority of black people listen to rap and r and b. Me making this statement doesn't mean that I am racist. I think sometimes parents expect teachers to play the role of parenting.

    By Blogger kristiemurray, at 4:22 PM  

  • RNR9711

    WHAT??? Black ans white again-- issue gets very old??


    RNR- make a statement! Share something with us.....

    Did you read the WHOLE article? This isn't about a black and white issue. I introdused the topic with an example of a teacher TEACHING my daughter black and white stereo-types. The stereo-typing is CLEARLY wrong- and the TEACHING of it is as you say--- sad!

    The entire issue though is that this just shouldn't be permitted to take place!!!!

    The issue is that public schools are hanging up the traditional intentions of education being about learning skills needed to be a productive citizen-- such as reading, writing, math and science-for a political idealogy agenda. Finding a course, or class, or a special awareness weak for these "social" issues may be warrented. But just scrapping the class top objective of MATH to be 'anti-racism' is REDICULOUS!

    I hope you come back and offer more of a stand on this.....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 4:25 PM  

  • Kristen

    Actually you have it backwards.

    I DON'T expect them to take the role of parenting!!!!

    THEY have NO RIGHT to forward stereo-typical racial views. SHE IS SIX!!!! Yes-- good point-- when it comes to the majority of country listeners-- they are white. Majority of R and B listeners may be black--.

    here is an analogy.

    Only women can birth a child. BUT- not ALL women give birth. see the difference....?

    The teacher- first of all- did not do a good job of portraying her intention of the remark-- she actually stomped all over it (remember- these are 5 and 6 yr olds)-- but most of all-- SHE HAS NO BUSINESS doing it!

    My duaghter is not left with the impression that most people who like country- do so because of cultural differences, therefore most of THESE listeners are white. SHe is left with the imprseeion that white people listen to country. or-- white people are rednecks. That is why she was confused about her brother being white and listening to black music. There shouldn't be ANYTHING confusing about her white brother liking R and B.

    AGAIN-- the issue is not race-- the issue os that the teachers are TRYING to implement THEIR personal biases into the classroom-- and worst of all-- THEY ARE DESTROYING THE WORK I AM DOING IN PREVENTING MY CHILD FROM HOLDING RACIAL VIEWS AND DIVIDES-- all while teachers are CLAIMING THAT THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE!

    IT IS MY JOB TO PARENT-- and I GLADLY ask them to BUTT OUT!!!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 4:45 PM  

  • As a parent, I feel that in our school systems today their are good teachers and bad teachers. If you want to be a part in your childs education you should go meet the teachers. Parents can go have conferences with teaches and also get visitors passes to go into the classrooms. Parents might not agree on somethings that teachers are teaching our children. I think parents should get more involve with the school systems. If your child comes and tells you something they learned in class by their teacher and you disagree with it sit down and have a talk with your child. Dont be upset with the teachers opinion everbody is different and thinks different, but most important raise in different. Once a child grows up and becomes an adult they will make their own decisions they might agree on what their parents has taught them or what they learned in school or might not agree on either.

    By Blogger SL1693, at 7:30 PM  

  • SL1693

    Your comment is good. You have some great points.

    I pose a question to you-and anyone else for that matter.....

    What if a teacher teaches a child that 2 + 2 = 6? Then what does a parent do? What if a teacher doesn't correct my child when they spell the word "stupid" right and spell it "stupit?"

    What if a teacher teaches my child that George Washington was a racist?

    THen what? I just sit down with my child and tell them "I THINK 2 + 2 = 4."? "I think stupid is spelled with a "d" and not a "t"?

    Then do I just cross my fingers and hope when they are an adult that they will be able to add and spell????

    HECK NO!

    See, these things are simple- but the other things are not.....

    Bottom line- Math and spelling are the subject intended for schools to teach......... Personal views are NOT-- ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE 5 and 6 YEAR OLDS!!!!!!!

    Too many commenters are missing THIS VERY POINT! The race thing is NOT the issue-- but it is context what age appropriate teachings---

    Take note- I start with a story about a 6 year old- then we go to 6th graders- then we go to 17 yr old. ALL ARE EXAMPLES of POOR teaching! ALL!

    Now -- Imagine 13 years of POOR TEACHING!


    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 8:14 PM  

  • Remember what Martin Luther King Jr said: "School takes thirteen years because that's how long it takes to break a child's spirit."

    By Blogger Tom, at 9:17 PM  

  • Sherri, I share your pain. What happen to teachers beinng role models for our innocent beings? I overheard two children having a conversation about a classmates who is African American and was talking white. The next comment was the teacher said so too. Oh my! isn't that sad! From the mouth of babes children are just like sponges they look up to their teachers and whatever the teacher says is written in stone.

    By Blogger 6218JR, at 8:05 AM  

  • I overheard two children having a conversation about a classmate who is African American who was talking white. The next comment was the teacher said it too. Oh my!
    Isn't that sad! From the mouth of babes. Children are like sponges. Whatever the teacher says is written in stone. Watch out educators.

    By Blogger 6218JR, at 8:13 AM  

  • Sherri I would like to agree with you I also feel that the classroom is not the place to be discussing race with a 5 or 6 yr old. This subject should not be discussed with any age group in the classroom. The teachers are not being paid to discuss this issue with the students in the classroom. Their focus should be on the curriculum. If a teacher is teaching students that 2 + 2= 6 then I think that we should let the our children know that it is incorrect but I also think that the teacher needs to be corrected. I think that something is truly wrong if the teacher is providing the students with that type of incorrect info. Who are they employing to teach our kids these days??

    By Blogger CS3689, at 11:02 AM  

  • I would also have to agree that the teacher made an inappropriate decision to discuss race with a child of that age. Sometimes we tend to get all bent out of shape with what is appropriate and what is not when it comes to teaching. I just think it's a wonderful thing for children to know that diversity exists. It may not be your case.....but some children are being raised to think that one race is better than another and no one is teaching the fact that we are all Americans first.

    Just my thoughts....


    By Blogger SC3814, at 6:35 PM  

  • SC3814



    I am thrilled to have you here!!!!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 7:54 PM  

  • What we as a whole are failing to realize is that..this is a learned behavior..Growing up in Indiana i didnt know there was a such thing as whites/blacks..i spent the night over to my girlfriends houses...whether it be white black wasnt until i came to the south that i learned about race...and racism...We didnt have the option of white music country or was just whatever they played on the radio...So you can only point the finger torwards the person to whom the child has learned that behavior from..whether its you the teacher or even lizzir Mcquire,,,it is all a learned behavior ...N. Mercer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:01 PM  

  • N. Mercer,
    Indeed! Learned behavior. Our young people are like recorders - they watch and listen and learn. It's up to us to decide what goes in, so that what comes out is good, so that they get a whole perspective, and perhaps one day make their own well informed decisions. We can't protect them from everything, but we can set examples, and talk to them about what is good in this world, like diversity, and education, and making a difference, and love.
    I can hear that song from South Pacific so clearly!..."You've got to be carefully taught". (shiver)
    There are some wonderful points made for this post, many of them troubling. Mostly I see that we are all concerned about how children are being educated, and by whom.

    By Blogger la6868, at 7:59 PM  

  • Growing up in the public school system myself, I can say that recent trips back to my public school to speak to classes have been a dissapointment. I say this because it seems as if the generation gap has widened dramatically. I graduated highschool in 2002 and will graduate college at the end of this year. However, just over a three year span the focus of students is not the same. Students are no longer forming their own opinions and the one who are; form their own opinions to rebel against the norm. You get the impression that the majority of students are just there to be there.
    Some say that America is a cultureless culture but it seems as if we have became a culture of differences rather that a culture that embellishes our likeness. The similarities are the main reasons for America being the melting-pot that it is, therefore, why is it then that we choose to embellish what makes us different from our neighbor. Idealy, you must conform to the American culture but at the same time practice your own culture. It seems as if everyone is searching for an identity outside of our country.

    By Blogger Bjamin7344, at 1:31 PM  

  • Bjamin


    You ae WISE BEYOND your years!

    I hope after classes end that you continue to come back!



    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 2:06 PM  

  • Thanks Sherri, I would be sure to continue being active after classes end.
    I would like to comment on the point made about "white people listening to country music." We are way passed the days when races identified with the music they listen to. Age bracket and demographics seems to be the new elements that distinguishes what music you listen to. The largest consumer of rap music today is not blacks but young white males. A friend of mine, a young black female from Houston, enjoys the sounds of country music. Although we knowthat stereotypes hold some truths but identifying people with the genre of music they enjoy has become absolete. Therefore new ammunition is now needed for those trying to rage this race war.
    Until next time, love thy neighbor.

    By Blogger Bjamin7344, at 5:07 PM  

  • Bjamin

    I am SOOO pleased that you will keep coming back.

    YOUR voice is VITAL!

    You have no idea how much it pleases me to hear your opinions...

    I am sure there will be times we disagree-- but I feel that these will be times when we will both have the opportunity to LEARN from each other..

    I am SURE you have much to teach me...

    I am so glad that you have brought up the lack of truth to the stereotypes.

    The one comment that came out of my daughter's mouth that DEVASTATED me the MOST was the "white people listen to cuntry music."



    I grew up LOVING michael Jackson-- LOL!!

    I even taught my osn how to MOON WALK--LOL!!

    Not bad for an old white lady!


    I LOVE different cultures! I want them in America.

    I don't want them to divide us-- I want them to help us GROW!

    Grow better, closer, and wiser.


    Thank YOU Bjamin

    THANK YOU!!!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 5:27 PM  

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