Step 1: Case Scenario
Read the following case first; then proceed to the next steps.
You are a teacher in a small rural community. The student population
of your district is 80% white, and students of color have only recently
become a permanent part of the community. Some of the minority student’s
families have moved into the district and others are part of your
school because of open enrollment that allows students living in other
districts to attend.
Crystal (a Hispanic student) who is a sophomore in your class asks if
she can speak with you after school. She reports to you that in her
social studies class they were having a class discussion about
immigration policy, and several students made disparaging remarks about
people from Central America who were trying to immigrate into the
country. Crystal’s family immigrated into the country only 4 years ago
and she knows of families who are currently trying to immigrate as well.
She says that the teacher laughed as some students offered stereotypes
about people of Hispanic origin. Crystal points out that she hears these
types of comments in the halls, but this time it was happening in the
classroom and she felt both uncomfortable and embarrassed.
Step 2: Reflection Part
Think about the following:
- As a teacher, what do you say to Crystal?
- Do you address this issue with Crystal’s social studies teacher?
After you have thought through your position on this scenario, apply
your thinking to this week’s philosopher and complete Step 3 – the
writing part of this assignment.
Step 3: Writing Part
Plato and a colleague have overheard the overtly racist comments made
by students to Crystal outside of a just concluded class. In a previous
conversation with the colleague, Plato was told that as long as the
students don’t use that kind of language in your classroom, it is best
to ignore it as “they don’t mean anything by it.”
In 2-3 pages, explain how you think Plato’s philosophy could be
relevant to this situation and how it could address the issue. Support
your analysis with quotes or paraphrases from Plato’s philosophy. Use
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