Teachers Trade Tips on Teaching MLK

Friday, January 13, 2012

Six teachers from a range of schools share tips for inspiring a new generation of students and the challenges they face. The teachers are: Romero Ross (first grade teacher at Achievement First charter school in East New York, Brooklyn) Keith Christiansen (literacy teacher at M.S. 88 in Brooklyn) Luciano D’Orazio (social studies coordinator at P.S. 150 South Bronx) Katy Ulrich (first grade teacher Achievement First charter in Bushwick, Brooklyn) and Karen Zaidberg (sixth grade at Manhattan Country Day School) Duane Williamson (ninth grade English at Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn).

Listen to their conversation about their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History month-related lessons here:



Two of the six teachers who participated in the roundtable conversation are African-American.

In their conversation, Romero Ross raised the issue of how awkward it can be for white teachers to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, especially if most of their students are children of color.

They agreed that if the teacher is comfortable with his or her positions on race and civil rights then it makes them much more effective in the classroom. Listen here:



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Comments [1]

Brian Shannon from New York

I was appalled at what one of the teachers stated regarding white teachers being able to teach civil rights. The remark that was made was racist and went against everything that Dr. King stood for. He was a great man who promoted unity and equality and for a teacher have him tied to that point of view is disturbing. Equality and unity is not singular or one sided. Honestly this man should not be teaching children if he harbors such racist views. Additionally he needs to further his education and get a history lesson, there were whites who were also fighting for civil rights for african americans. There was also a war fought where several hundred thousand white men died lest he easily forgot. I think all people of any race color or creed have something to contribute.

Jan. 16 2012 05:45 PM

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