I'll Let You Figure Out the Slant

There was an article on the Yahoo!Canada page yesterday, which presented an incident at a New Brunswick elementary school. The grade four teacher posed the following scenario to the class;

~Five people, an Asian, an African-American, a Francophone, an Anglophone and a Native American, are on a small planet which is about to explode. There is a rocket that can take them to safety elsewhere, but it can only hold three people. Which three should take the seats in the rocket?~

There was apparently a huge outcry of racism and calls for dismissal of the teacher.

When I decided to post a comment on the story, there were already about 30 comments, which I read before posting. When I checked later in the morning there were nearly 200 comments, which I did not bother to read, as I had come to my own conclusion about the 'lesson' in question, which didn't resemble the opinions of the others I'd read.

What do you think about it?

JackGrey JackGrey
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4 Responses Feb 20, 2009

Subatia, I finally get it. Duh. FrancoPHONE. I may be short, but I'm slow. <BR><BR>Suso, this is just a typical example of the knee-jerk reaction that people feel when they are threatened, even by association. I would have been interested in the answers the children submitted. How many students would actually even think about each of those people representing their race rather than themselves?<BR><BR>My first thought on the question, which I posted at Yahoo, was that, if all five people were male or all were female, then it wouldn't matter who went because the species would be doomed anyway, with no means to procreate. So the logical choice would be two willing women of childbearing age, and one man. Race is irrelevant.<br />
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My son says he's had a similar question in two different classes in highschool. One presented different scenarios such as:<br />
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You're the landlord. Who would you rent your house to?<br />
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And the potential tenants were stereotypes such as a single mother, a recovering addict, a lawyer, etc. <br />
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I would hope the teachers who pose these questions are not trying to promote racism, but rather to expose its beginnings in a child and help them to see qualities and potential in other people regardless of their outward appearance.

Stupid question. I find that people blurt out stupid question/comments often without meaning ill will but you never know and this really wasn't a question for school children. Concerned parents of the students should speak with the teacher but she shouldn't lose her job. Not over this.

hmm... not sure I know what you're saying.

You'ld think two people could hold the two phones, and there shouldn't be a problem. everyone could fit.