Posts Tagged ‘race’

american-promiseAn  article in the N. Y. Times looks at a short  video, “An Education in Equality,” that evolved from a feature-length documentary entitled “American Promise,”  which was filmed over 13 years, beginning when Idris enters kindergarten at  the Dalton School, a prestigious private school in Manhattan.   One of only a few black children in a kindergarten class of about 90 students, Idris takes a journey that becomes a study of diversity in New York’s elite private-school world, with themes of identity, race and class emerging from his story.

Created by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson,  “American Promise” won a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2014.  Cllick here to read the article and view the 10-minute video.

When you search “identity, race, class,” at PBS LearningMedia, you find a rich assortment of classroom resources, including lesson plans.  Here’s just a sample:

A Class Divided 1:  A Daring Lesson and A Class Divided 2:  Day Two (Grades 3-12) These segments from FRONTLINE: “A Class Divided” profile the first and  second day of an experiment in discrimination based on eye color that took place in a third-grade class in 1970, shortly after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

won’t you embrace me, by Lucille Clifton (Grades 7-12)  Explore themes of identity, race, and gender as contemporary poet Lucille Clifton reads her poem, “won’t you celebrate with me” in this video segment from Poetry Everywhere.

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On Sunday, October 21, at Westfield’s Stanley Park, WGBY will host its first-ever “WGBY Community Champions” race and walk. Just by entering the race you become a “champion” of WGBY’s quality local programming. By supporting WGBY’s 5K race, you support our station and become a “WGBY Community Champion.” Our station brings you As Schools Match Wits, Connecting Point, The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade, Together in Song, and our Ready to Learn educational initiatives. You entry fee will go to fund these programs and ensure that WGBY remains a viable community resource.

 Registration fees are only $25 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under. There will be a competitive race scored for all divisions (male and female in youth, adult, and senior divisions), as well as a “fun run/walk” for families.  Come and join us for a fun time and to show your support for WGBY.  Race starts at 11 am. Race Day sign-in opens at 9 am.  To register, visit WGBY’s website.


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“A powerful message… “ “An important video — should be seen by more people.” These are a couple of comments from educators who recently borrowed Race, the Power of an Illusion. This three-part documentary examines a question so basic it is rarely asked: “What is this thing called race?” It turns out that many of our common assumptions about race are wrong. Believing in biological races is like believing the sun revolves around the earth. Nevertheless, the consequences of racism are very real. Borrow it for a month: Race, the Power of an Illusion. I.D. 1905, by going to our lending library site.

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