I live on Long Island, New York and send my children to a Catholic School. I chose this school because it had a good cultural mix. I had a bad experience when my son was in kindergarten (he is now in 4th grade) at another private school where the other children didn't't like him because of his African heritage. I also tried to join many school groups, but was not welcomed. So I moved him to his current school and he seems to be very happy along with his other 2 siblings. I just feel this school isn't't giving them a great academic background. What do I do? I know of another Catholic school in the area, but it is 92% white and I do not want the same thing to happen again. Do I leave them knowing that happiness is always the best thing?
I wish you and your children all the best in the interview. When i read you post, i had a burden to write again. You are right to be concern with social aspect of your children, but they are boys. I was not born in this country and my experience of racism may be differ from yours. I would prefer a strong academic school for " my boys". Children get tease in any situation or by all children. It is reported that the new generation of minority young people prefer to be identify themselves for something esle than race. I lived in long island before and I know many public and private schools do not have many African American and the Stom Brook University has a good number. here my children schools ahve about ten percent of all minorites. What i am doing with my children are to role play all expected and unxpected teasing or insult they may face and the it has beed working a lot. For example, when clasmates called my daughter skin black in her first week of school. She insited that her skin was not black and turn back the table with her classmate that they were ignorant of color identification. They left her alone, but not free from teasing. All classmate tease one another with different things. We practice teasing and reminded her of everyone gets tease. For example, the president of the USA. the most powerful man in the world. My daughter was so amased that someone will be teasing Mr. Bush. I encouraged my daughter to read biogragy of notable African american such as Dr. Condi rice and Dr.Mae Jamison. She was so proud of the these two individuals and i did a book report on Mae Jamison. Her classmates learn about thse two doctors because of my daughter.12932
Thank you 1seremen I also do roll play with my children. Also on a part time basis with other schools in the district, we do roll play with 4th, 5th and 6th graders when faced with a certain situation such as drugs. I do try my best to teach my 3 children of all that life has to offer and what it entails12930
I had a hard time assessing the quality of my daughter's school. I took a copy of her curriculum to various prospective schools and asked the teachers to review it. I got some honest feedback and discovered her school was not so good after all, despite the marketing hype. I cannot speak to the AA heritage part. Though I am sorry that you have to deal with that additional concern. In fact, I am very sorry that it is even a concern at all.
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