While discussing the creation of The Bill of Rights with my fifth graders, one small child raised her hand tentatively.
“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?”
[Seriously, I may not teach them in the kitchen….but my kids are still very, very smart.]