Saturday, February 18, 2012

The N word is taboo in any context

A teacher's attempt to use a "teachable moment" backfires.

Let's see- he used the southern poverty law center's suggestions in responding to the use of the word.  He is a social studies teacher which begs the question: why do we have social studies?  One answer is: to dispel misinformation, misunderstanding among people.  Yet teachers are often reluctant to tackle inflammatory issues within a classroom because the bottom line seems to be "whoever takes umbrage gets the final word."  Lincoln Brown was addressing the use of the word when his African American principal walked in.  He continued the discussion presuming the principal would be ok with it.  He was wrong.

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