Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What Bella Learns At School
I try to make it a habit of asking each kid about their day, how it went, what they learned, that sort of thing.
On Monday night I was talking to Bella about her day. She typically has the least amount of information for me. The usual is, I don't know, I did reading, and math and stuff. But Monday night was different.
"Dad, I learned about Marty Looger Kong"
"Yeah, Marty Looger Kong. We talked about him today, it is Marty Looker Kong's day today."
"Oh, Martin Luther King!"
"Yeah, Marty Looger Kong"
"And what did you learn?"
"That white people have had it easier than black people. We talked about different water fountains and bathrooms for black people, and the story about the lady on the bus."
"Well, that's great, Bella, what do you think about that?"
"It doesn't matter where you sit on the bus, I would have just been happy to be on a bus. I wanted to ride the bus to school but mom wants to take me in the morning."
"No, Bella, what do you think about all the stories you heard about Martin Luther King?"
"He was a good man. Black people were treated mean, and that's not nice. Black people are the same as everyone else"
A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM!