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Old June 2nd, 2018, 04:21 PM   #31
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Get a grip?? because I think we should be a little more sensitive? About racism?
Not just racism, they are sheltered form anything that could offend them, or that could possibly make one cry, this applies to universities as well as kindergartens, take the University of CA at Berkley or the Ivey League Colleges for example. Where students are sheltered from Conservative speakers and thought.
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Not just racism, they are sheltered form anything that could offend them, or that could possibly make one cry, this applies to universities as well as kindergartens, take the University of CA at Berkley or the Ivey League Colleges for example. Where students are sheltered from Conservative speakers and thought.

Sounds like you are describing the whiny, snowflake, phony GOP Evangelical "christians" (with a little "c').
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Old June 2nd, 2018, 10:29 PM   #33
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O.M.G. Seriously? You would tell a 7 year old that LIFE IS NEVER GOING TO BE FAIR--EVER and many people have worse problems?

A 7 year old child??
Are you that stupid?
No no, we should hand out participant ribbons so everyone *feels equal no matter how hard they try! In the event your skin color differs from another's, and you put forth extra effort, they wouldn't want you to stand out. If you can think outside the box, they don't want you to realize your own capabilities.
Everything should be fair and equal no matter your age, effort, intelligence, ability, or ingenuity. No losers here! No winners, no changers, no real progress, but no losers... That's the important thing. UGH!
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No no, we should hand out participant ribbons so everyone *feels equal no matter how hard they try! In the event your skin color differs from another's, and you put forth extra effort, they wouldn't want you to stand out. If you can think outside the box, they don't want you to realize your own capabilities.
Everything should be fair and equal no matter your age, effort, intelligence, ability, or ingenuity. No losers here! No winners, no changers, no real progress, but no losers... That's the important thing. UGH!
And an intelligent, responsible, caring, nurturing, CARING AND LOVING person knows that there is one helluva lot of room between those two choices.
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Old June 4th, 2018, 03:28 AM   #35
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No no, we should hand out participant ribbons so everyone *feels equal no matter how hard they try! In the event your skin color differs from another's, and you put forth extra effort, they wouldn't want you to stand out. If you can think outside the box, they don't want you to realize your own capabilities.
Everything should be fair and equal no matter your age, effort, intelligence, ability, or ingenuity. No losers here! No winners, no changers, no real progress, but no losers... That's the important thing. UGH!


Well, we've certainly determined what party you pledge loyalty to. It's the party of ALL OR NOTHING!
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Athena, if I may?? Offer some suggestions?? Feel free to discard these but here are some possible ways to help your little one.
*Speak to his teacher. She may not be aware of his feelings and may be able to shed some light on the situation.
*Does the school have a counselor who might be of help?
*Check out some children's books about how we are all different. A trip to the library might be good. Many libraries have summer programs.
*Sometimes drawing or painting how he feels helps. It certainly opens a dialogue with him and may give you more insight.

Being different is something we all deal with whether it's race or appearance or disability. Many of the people who changed the world were "different" and KNEW they were different: Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King.
I'll be thinking of you. Just so sorry your little guy is struggling.
Oh yeah, already on top of all that and thank you for addressing the problem.

I have read other posts in this thread and what people are missing is the identity problem.

We are not born with our identities. We learn who we are and struggle to learn our position in society in relation to others. This seems to be the primary tasks of 7-year-olds. As a teacher you clearly have a better understanding of this than others. Perhaps some of the comments should be ignored as just not on topic?

This is on topic

Transitioning from "Me" to "Us"

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It is helpful to understand the developmental viewpoint of a 5- or 6-year-old in order to assist him in developing a good sense of self within the new group at school and in the family. They are transitioning out of the egocentric "me" stage, to a stage in which they have a greater understanding of the "me" within the "us." It is not always an easy transition. Children can vacillate between having patience and understanding the needs of the group, to wanting their own needs met-now! Adults must help children see how their needs will be met within an appropriate time frame. One way to do this is to play turn-taking and transition games. These show children that waiting can be a fun activity.
Part of the problem is the mother is on SSI because of serious mental problems and this has seriously complicated the child's problems. Whenever he had trouble in school, so took him out of school. He could not do the transitioning until this year and considering how unstable his life has been, it is amazing he is doing so well. He is lucky to be in a school where the teachers hug the children often. From what I have observed, they are doing a good job of helping children transition from the egocentric me to the social me or us.

Now understanding this stage of development, the child is facing a few problems. He is in the minority. What does that mean? He has to figure that out. He is male. What does that mean? Children need their mothers and fathers as they go through this identity task, and this child does not have a father. Mom has had him call several light-skinned males Dad, but because Mom goes through men so fast, he hasn't been able to establish the quality of a son-father relationship he needs long enough for him to process what it means to be a male. Now we add to this problem, those men don't look like him. Mom will have nothing to do with people of color. Oh my, this is difficult. She saw herself as dark but she was not accepted as one of them. Our identities are not self-made, but have a lot do with how others react to us.

I really feel sorry for those born to be one gender who want to be the opposite gender. Just wanting to be a woman and dressing like one, does not assure being accepted as a woman. Same as being dark and wanting to be light skinned does not make it so. However, white folk can get tanned and that is cool. Any way discovering who we are has a lot to do with how others react to us.

So yeah, we can all be different. What does that difference mean? That is the question. He wants to know, who am I and where do I fit?
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What does that difference mean? Athena, maybe that's not the question we should be asking.
Maybe we should be asking 'what does our sameness mean'? It's an attitude adjustment.

Why not focus on our commonalities? We are more alike than unalike. We are all people. WE all have a story to share. We are all afraid at times. We are all "stuck" in our own skin.
We are all valuable. We all make mistakes.
We are all the same in ways that matter.
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Old June 4th, 2018, 05:49 AM   #38
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Children have a built in expectation of fairness, but the world will never cooperate with that. Itís very important for children to deal with unfairness as strong individuals. If they donít, they might grow up to be liberals, endlessly voting to bankrupt us all in vain schemes to make life fair that always fail anyway.
I am liberal. I worry less about social justice bankrupting us, than about military spending bankrupting us. If we can afford what we pay for weapons, surely we can afford a decent standard of living for everyone. But we do need to practice birth control.

Welfare checks are distributed throughout the community. Everyone benefits from the welfare check and the gross national product is a count of how many times a dollar changes hands. However, those million dollar bombs are not benefiting the communities economy. They are equal to burning money.
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Last night, my great grandson told me it is unfair that there are so many white children in the school and so few darked skinned children like himself.

What do you make of that? He is so bothered by the disproportionate ratio of blacks and whites, I wonder if he would be happier in a different school district with more black students?
IDK. I am a Great Grandfather and hope to some day make Great Great Grandfather before I leave this Earth. If the majority of the white kids are picking on him then teach him basic Boxing with a smidgeon of Judo. Teach him to never show fear. Teach him History. Teach him the 3-4-5 right triangle. Teach him how to cook and clean, etc. You are his role model.
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Schools are vicious holes, but it is a preparation for capitalism, living with these brainwashed bullies. The great thing is to see to it that nobody official shows the slightest sympathy with them, and, yes, see kids get good training in self-defence. I always found that a straight left to the eye was extremely useful - black eyes administered by someone much smaller did nothing for their street cred, even if you got the hell beaten out of you that once. Nowadays, though, there is a holy horror of physical 'violence'. That is why all the wet buggers have to have bang-bangs later.
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