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My ninth-grade Spanish students resisted my assignment to write about their cultures.
“My family doesn’t have any cultural traditions,” one said.
“My culture is that I’m just normal,” added another.
“I don’t have a culture,” said another.
The face of America is changing.
In 40 years, the United States will become a minority-majority nation – a remarkable milestone for a country that already boasts one of the most religiously, ethnically and racially diverse societies in the world.
But you wouldn’t know it looking at our nation’s schools. Census and school data tell a very different story.
Ms. Simmons had two first-grade boys by the arms.
“Fighting in the bathroom,” she said. “Send them home.”
It’s the second week of day camp hosted at our school. The policy is strict: Two strikes and you’re out.
On the one hand, it makes sense. It’s summer camp. Camp should be safe and enjoyable for all children. It’s hard to feel comfortable when you’re worried there might be a fight. There’s no mandate for children to be here. It’s optional and a privilege.
At a time when the nation’s schools are becoming more segregated, teachers and students across the country have an opportunity to show the rest of the world they’re committed to challenging these boundaries by registering for Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day.