For a while now I've been thinking it might be fun to share little glimpses into my fourth grade classroom once in a while. Today something happened that I thought was quite wonderful. We were going to be reading a story later centered loosely around Martin Luther King Jr., so I asked the kids to write about him for the Daily Topic, something they write every day in their student planner. I realized they knew that MLK day had come and gone, so I explained to them that later we would be reading a story that involved MLK and Rosa Parks. After I finished a very bright girl came over to my desk, and said in the most serious voice imaginable, "Ms. Denny I guess I am just so dumb, but I never can keep it straight about Rosa Parks. Was it the white people or the black people who had to sit in the back of the bus?"
What a wonderful example of how the consciousness of a society can increase with each generation. She truly had no idea. To her it was not at all apparent that black skin had been considered inferior. This is why I love being a teacher. We get to see how the potential for human beings really can be increased, just by exposure to the good that is in others.