We’re hearing from people in our Exchange network that they are using the book, You Can’t Celebrate That! as the basis of book discussion groups with staff, or colleagues, or college students. The personal story that the author tells, coupled with the important topic, and the discussion questions included at the end of the book, make for inspiring and meaningful conversations.
We’d love to hear from readers of ExchangeEveryDay if you have held one of those discussion groups. What was your experience like?
Here’s one example of some of the questions educators are invited to ponder. This question is one anyone can ask, whether or not you’ve read the book:
“What are the children trying to figure out in their exchanges about skin color, religious celebrations and belonging? What understandings, misunderstandings, and experiences are the children drawing on?”
Navigating the Deep Waters of Social Justice Teaching
Find inspiration in this compelling story of an educator's social justice journey as she partners with families to explore racial identity, religious celebrations, and racism in response to a biased comment by one child to another in her diverse preschool class.
You Can't Celebrate That! is part of the Reimagining Our Work (ROW) collection. Use the ROW collection to discover how early childhood educators in the field are reimagining their work and thinking alongside children.
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It largely depends on the parents how they orient their children about skin colour, religious celebrations and belonging including her/his (child) own. Sometimes they are perplexed, dejected, confused, frustrated, feels humiliated depending on the orientation they receive from their parents and other members in the community. Also there is a chance to feel proud and aristocrat especially, if the child is from a white skin colour family.