A Fifth Grader’s View of Civil Rights

by Sarah on January 16, 2012 · 3 comments

While discussing the creation of The Bill of Rights with my fifth graders, one small child raised her hand tentatively.
“Miss Smart?”
“Yes, Small Child?”
“If everyone is given rights…how come all that stuff happened where there were separate water fountains that people couldn’t use?”
“Well, there are some people who don’t believe that we are all entitled to these rights.”
“OK…so basically, even though the law said all people have rights, there were certain people who still figured out a way to take them away?”
Exactly.
[Seriously, I may not teach them in the kitchen....but my kids are still very, very smart.]
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mexigarian January 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

And sadly, it's still happening today. :( Glad to know that there are kids out there seeing the blatant prejudice of many of our leaders back then and now. Maybe the future won't be so bad after all with these kids :)

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert January 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I have really missed these posts. I need to tell you again how glad I am you're in the classroom. You have a gift! Have a great week.

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iheartvegetables.com January 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Kids are so cool. I love how honest they are and how they can have such an simple yet amazing point of view!

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