I was introduced to this great resource, Media that Matters, in Steve Sider’s Teaching for Equity and Diversity class (EU 403). It hosts wonderful videos about important subjects that don’t get enough attention from mainstream media.
One video that we watched today was called, “A Girl Like Me” by Kiri Davis, which explores the standards of beauty imposed on today’s black girls and how this affects their self-image. One particularly poignant moment occurs when young black girls are are given their choice of dolls: a black one and a white one. Fifteen out of twenty-one girls chose the white one. What was worse, when asked to identify the “bad” baby, the girls picked up the black one.
How does this relate to teaching? It is important to be aware of the issues that are affecting our students and address them in the classroom. Ensuring that your course material accurately reflects and appreciates the diversity in your classroom, and the diversity in the world, is an important first step to ensuring our children grow up equipped to live in our global society.
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The Media That Matters Film Festival is a project of Arts Engine, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.