Throughout the reading “The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot,” my group and I identified many themes including the overlying fact that there were numerous cultural and historical events, including Green v. New Kent as discussed in the reading, that were not taught in school or were white washed. This certainly connects to my education because I too never learned about Green v. New Kent. After learning more about this case, it is very shocking to me that this was never once discussed in school. In addition to the theme of the often forgotten importance of this historical event, this article also discusses Brown v. Board and a series of facts regarding the connection between these two cases and how they relate to one another, despite the fact that typically, only Brown v. Board is thoroughly taught in schools. In addition, after reading the article and looking into the author’s background it is quite clear that he deeply cares about cultural diversity and is concerned with our lack of knowledge within schools. Although he is a white male, it seems that his extensive education makes him ideologically okay to talk on this subject.
After reading this article I have reflected a lot on my previous education and the way in which I would like to teach in the future. I believe that this is a serious matter and I think that as a future teacher, I need to come up with and implement successful strategies to best teach events such as this. This article opened my eyes to realizing the corruption within the school system when regarding events that relate to diversity in some way. It is apparent that we have a tendency to make the white male the hero, when he is not always not. This article has made me realize I need to be conscious of my bias when teaching and I additionally need to do my own research to fill gaps in my historical knowledge because due to my educational background, I am guessing there are many.
I personally thought that our learning experience presentation went well. My group and I met for about an hour on face time to go through and discuss exactly what we were presenting, the order, and overall themes to include. My responsibility, outside of reading the article, was to research background information on the article and compose three slides to present on what I had learned as well as generate a few discussion questions for the class to discuss. My first slide was on background information on the author and the second two were on the background of the case being discussed. I hoped to stress the reliability of the author as well as the importance of the event before the next member of my group, Shaina, discussed the actual article itself. My group chose to put a major emphasis on what was and was not being taught in schools regarding events that revolve around racial conflict such as this case. We discussed how we felt that our understanding of the way diversity was taught was white washed and sugar coated and no one in our group had even heard of Green v. New Kent before the reading. We chose to focus primarily on this theme because we guessed that this was an issue for many of our peers. Additionally, we discussed that it is salient to be aware of flaws such as this within the curriculum so we can have the chance to correct them as future teachers. Our ultimate goal was to spread awareness of the fact that there are likely gaps and biases within our understanding of our country’s history and to shed some light on this fascinating and important, yet overlooked, case.
To create this lesson, my group and I consulted many sources that helped grow our understanding of the article and develop problem solving ideas to correct this major problem as future teachers. We incorporated a myriad of sources including informational articles on the author, the event, and modern day connections. Here is our works cited:
“Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation.” Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation | U.S. Department of Education, 16 Mar. 2015, http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/achievement-gap-narrows-high-school-graduation-rates-minority-students-improve-faster-rest-nation.
The Century Foundation, et al. “The Benefits of Socioeconomically and Racially Integrated Schools and Classrooms.” The Century Foundation, 4 Mar. 2020, tcf.org/content/facts/the-benefits-of-socioeconomically-and-racially-integrated-schools-and-classrooms/?agreed=1.
“School Segregation Is Still A Thing, And You Won’t Believe How Common It Is.” Https://Www.benjerry.com, http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/2016/school-segregation.
Dtrexel. “Stancil, William.” University of Minnesota Law School, 4 Sept. 2015, http://www.law.umn.edu/profiles/william-stancil.
Here is the link to our google slides presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1EQwuk0wB009cEJ1rcTNCFi9esiGgr0_ch1778uvrIVI/edit#slide=id.p