This is a follow-up to my post that I wrote on Thursday regarding the community reading event that took place at the Worcester Common on Wednesday, August 28th, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr.King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
Again, revisiting when I worked in higher education, I remember having a conversation with some students regarding racism and whether it existed?
The students, many of the whom came from very well-to-do upper-middle-class families, did feel that racism did exist, but, “It’s not as big of an issue as it used to be.”
Many of the students that I huddled with grew up in families that were ‘somewhat’ diverse in terms of their make up, but, yet, they lived in neighborhoods, attended schools and worshiped at churches that they admitted were not very diverse or not as much as they would have liked.
During the conversation, I recall us actually talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and a few of the students stated that they had a hard time understanding what it was like in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s for Blacks in America.
Having heard stories from my aunts, uncles and, certainly, my parents about what it was like to grow up during Jim Crow laws or the Civil Rights Movement, I have some idea of what it was like for them, but it’s another thing to have lived it.
You see, what we’re struggling with today is: How do we teach kids, in America, history as it relates to world and in such a way that it’s understandable?
What I’ve come to realize more and more is that education and specifically teaching today’s kids is very different because today’s kids learn very differently than say when you or I were in elementary, middle school and high school.
It’s been proven that today’s kids learn more from a hands-on approach as well as learning through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) program that teaches kids the basics of all the disciplines with an emphasis on them becoming critical thinkers and problem solvers.
This, we know, is extremely important as kids are competing on a global stage and they truly are the leaders of the future.
Be sure to return to Worcester Is MAJOR for part 3.