Posted by KWUtah Admin under General Info
My mother was a kindergarten teacher who every year taught her students about equal rights. The week before Martin Luther King Day the children would have to decide whether they wanted to be a “Circle” or a “Square” for the week. Each child then had pinned to their shirt either a Circle or a Square which they wore all week long. The Squares then had to sit at the back of the room each day. The Squares had to get at the back of the recess line. The Squares were not allowed to get a drink of water from the water fountain near their room – they had to drink from the fountain way down the hall. Everyday my Mom and her students talked about how the Squares felt about this change. They talked about was it fair? Mom got them pretty worked up by Thursday when she helped them make posters declaring they wanted equal rights for Squares. Then on Friday they marched up and down the hallways and demonstrated in front of the principal’s office demanding Equal Rights For Squares. The Principal then decreed that Friday that Squares would have all the same rights as Circles. The children, Squares and Circles alike, rejoiced in the fairness and equality that they had helped make happen in their school. That is how my Mom taught her 5 year old children about equal rights the Martin Luther King way.
Agents, if you are the parent of an elementary school child I would like to challenge you to next year offer to lead this learning lesson in your child’s classroom. It is a great way for you to get involved and the lesson is invaluable.
Happy Martin Luther King Day!
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