Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Surely you're kidding me...

Education of the Gifted and Talented includes this suggestion from Baldwin (1991, 1993) under the category of helping minority children maintain ethnic identity:
Help students experience what it feels like to be different. Students can use masks and become members of another ethnic group; they should stay "in character" for at least 48 hours. A journal and discussion of emotion can be used.

Oh yeah, I can just imagine the reaction of parents, other teachers, and the media if I asked my students to spend 2 days in blackface, whiteface, or similar. And furthermore, do you REALLY think that kids are going to get treated as though they were members of another ethnic group as a result of wearing a mask? Sure, they'll get treated differently, but more along the lines of, "Why the heck are you walking around in a mask?" And then they'll get jumped.

Maybe it would make more sense if I read the original source...?

2 Comments:

Blogger jiri said...

Hey, I have enjoyed...your blog is informative - even entertaining.

I have a halloween sites. They pretty much covers costumes and masks related stuff.

Thanks again and I'll be sure to bookmark you.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Connor Wilson said...

Every year my son Dylan and I have been building our Halloween animatronic display. This year we added 12 new figures and my wife had been making the clothes etc. but then I clued in that Halloween Costumes were the ideal solution - ya, ok I'm slow but...This year is really cool because we've done an HP Lovecraft display that I'm sure he'd appreciate but I'm not so sure he'd approve of this - The Necronomicon - Is it just me or is that just plain goofy ? Anyway, everybody is doing their own Haunted House thing now but hey - it's fun and if you've got kids I really suggest you try it yourself if you haven't already. It's a nice change from the usual Christmas Lights routine and a lot of scaaarrry fun. Happy Halloween everybody.

11:11 AM  

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