Students Break Out of Fixed-Race Box

Posted in Articles, Census/Demographics, Communications/Media Studies, Identity Development/Psychology, New Media, United States on 2011-11-16 04:45Z by Steven

Students Break Out of Fixed-Race Box

Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Pamela Cytrynbaum, Instructor of Journalism
Northwestern University

My journalism students were brainstorming topics for their final story projects. I urged them to come up with compelling ideas that relate to their experiences but that push deeply into national trends.

“Stop letting all the midlife writers (like myself) tell your stories,” I pushed. “Tell your own.”

As they went around the room, several pitches swirled around the same theme: the dramatic increase in multi-racial students and the issues of identity and self-definition they face.

The idea caught fire and sparked a fascinating class discussion. Turns out, they identified a trend that is transforming our classrooms—and should transform our teaching as well…

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