I might kick myself later for writing about this, but I was very intrigued to see what you, the blog community, had to say about two different news stories that have happened lately...
The first one, linked HERE, is about how five American students, who go to an American high school, were asked to leave campus yesterday for wearing t shirts with an American flag on it. They were first asked to turn their shirts inside out, as to not offend the Mexican-American student community, but when they refused, they were asked/told not to go back to class.
I need to note that nowhere in this article does it say it is against school policy to wear clothing with any sort of emblem or picture.
What do you think? Regardless of the boys intentions, (where they trying to upset their largely Mexican-American classmates?) was it right/moral/ethical for those children to miss school because of the principal trying to be careful of the "racism," line?
The second article, which I'll link HERE but the site has been crashing since it made national news last night so I'll recap it for you (to the best of my abilities.)
Ann Arbor, Michigan. An elementary school, specifically the fifth grade. The principal decides to host a field trip, but ONLY for the black students. He wants to inspire them by bringing in an African-American rocket scientist. The black students go to the field trip, and when they return, their white/or non black classmates "Boo," them. The principal comes in and gives them a stern lecture (oh, I could only imagine the term "racism," being dropped by this guy!)
Let me note, that as an educator, I am just dying inside. If the principal had done this field trip on merit based status (perhaps the lowest ranking 25% of students,) and THEN the racial profile had been all black, this story wouldn 't even be a blip on the radar. But he didn't. He told all of the non black students (there is a large Arab/Muslim population in Michigan by the way,) that they could not go and that the black students deserved inspiration.
It hurts me inside to think of what those kids thought about themselves.
But I digress.
I won't talk about what I think. I really want to know what YOU think.
Is this racism? Was it right to handle it this way? Do you think that this issue should be addressed on a national level?
Let me know!