#15: Children’s Books

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10 responses to “#15: Children’s Books

  1. There are many writers from different cultures that are read in preschools today. This post is rubbish and whoever believes that children are only reading books so they could become “towering oaks of their community” is absurd! We shower our kids with books so they’ll have an appreciation for the world, and respect for all cultures, people, and creatures.

    I taught preschool for 11 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We read African, Mexican, Swedish, Chinese, Arabic, (to mention a few) books to our students. The staff was as diverse as the music and literature we enjoyed in the classroom.

    You must live under a rock to think todays kids are being exposed to “white only” books. Either that or buy some other books, and find a decent school for your kids. You clearly don’t live in NYC.

    BTW, where are you located?

  2. dude. it’s called irony. Maybe you should go back to high school English and read some of those books. I’m just sayin.

  3. High school was a ridiculous time in my day. My teachers were either drunk, asleep, perverts, or just plain couldn’t give a s***. Sometimes they were all four attributes I mentioned. Anyway, I graduated from high school nearly 25 yrs. ago. Sure, I read the classics, some good, some horrid. I was so bored I could hardly sit still in the classroom. I’m just saying that now, as an educator there is more to offer children.

    My husband teaches a mixed 2nd &3rd grade in NYC and they’re studying the Iroquios. There’s a wigwam in his classroom as I write. They’re learning how to play lacrosse which the Native Americans invented.

    When I taught 3 and 4 year olds we learned about China. We had them make goods for a flea market that included cages for crickets, (good luck in China), calligraphy, portrait painting, excellent stir fry, and on and on. We did Black History all year. Parents came in on Roshashana and fried latkes in the classroom. We made African masks, sang dirges, danced to Haitian drums.

    I understand irony, but this is not ironic as I see it. My kids lives among hundreds of cultures, languages, and culinary delights. The places I worked were filled with people from all over the world who were well traveled to boot.

    I don’t know, maybe I’m still an idealist at heart and believe that one person could make a difference. As a parent you’re your child’s first teacher. Don’t teach them fear, bigotry, and bias. Next thing you know in 20 years there will be as much chaos in the world as we have now. I want a change for my child. I want her to be better than her parents. Read more books, and open her mind up as wide as possible.

  4. imaG

    this is about white parents, uppity white parents tamblu calmate. 🙂

  5. JoseOle

    I must be an uppity white parent b/c my kids have alot of books. Acutaly I have a 2 year old and a one year old and the only way I can slow them down sometimes, and keep some sanity, is to sit them both down and read them a book. My 2 year old gets book read to here daily and now is looking at them by herseld trying to tell the story and will be reading before school. I laughed during this post and it is clever, however we don’t have any potterbarn bookselves, company store is at least half the price.

  6. feckineejit

    This is a great way to point out our differences and promote dislike between parents of different backgrounds.

    Promoting the idea that only uppity white people read and poor black people shouldn’t read because it’s not cool is the reason why I can’t carry on a conversation with anyone I work with under 20 years old.

    Saying “lemme Ax you something” tells me that I can’t trust you with a simple task and you will never be considered for a promotion based on your skills.

  7. Alicia

    My sister in law bought her newborn an encyclopedia.

  8. Johann

    Somebody’s reading WAY too much into kids’ books.

    2 of 15.

  9. Jay

    feckineejit, I think it’s spelled “skillz”.