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 Is Race Talked About Too Much in School? (62)

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Is Race Talked About Too Much in School?


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6 points

Race is not talked about too much in school, because if we do not talk about it, history will repeat itself. In fact, we do not talk about this enough. Most people only have a vague idea of what happens in terms of discrimination because of race and slavery.

2 points

I agree. We can see now history repeating itself. People were so shocked on the reactions of African-Americans and many others from the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. If we would have been educated more about our history, people would have more of an understanding of our anger.

5 points

I believe that race is not talked about too much in school because there is a need to talk about it right now. Even after all these years there are still people in America uneducated about the cultures and views of the different people that make up this diverse country. It isn't a question of too much, but rather a question of how. Being educated more about the ways that race effects us will make us more able to converse about it. Race SHOULD be talked about in school because school is meant to EDUCATE the people of America.

2 points

Furthermore, getting to know ALL the racial problems that have plagued the "land of freedom" will help to truly end that thorn in the side of our country

1 point

I completely agree. We are talking about it because it is relevant to what is happening in our country today. We are living through historic moments and one of those happens to deal with racism. If we are not comfortable enough to talk about racism in school, when will we ever be comfortable? It is important to bring light to current events because we are the ones in school, the ones with impressionable views. It helps us to become aware and open-minded.

2 points

This is said very well. I agree with most of what you said in this post.

1 point

I agree. Many people are not educated on this topic, and this has caused miscommunication and confusion throughout our country. I think schools should focus on the history behind our country - the way it has been shaped to be today.

America's education system has indeed failed us to understand one another. I agree that race should be talked about in school. If we understood more about each other's background and history, I feel like we would definitely get more along together as a society.

5 points

I don't believe race is talked about too much in schools because racist videos and comments are still being posted every day on social media. If we were to be more educated on race in schools then kids would learn to acknowledge and respect all races. Kids would learn that these words are not just words but have hundreds of years of dark history behind them. I believe schools should broaden students education on race so that they can fully understand the historical significance.

4 points

It is not, at least not in our schools. I can't argue for Northern schools, but down here, we only talk about racism whenever its completely necessary. Only when we are in Black History Month or very specific instances in history class. Or To Kill A Mockingbird. Oh yeah, we almost never talk about racism towards Asians or Hispanics.

I completely agree with this. I almost never see the issue of discrimination talked about in races other than African Americans.

3 points

Because race is a controversial topic, we tend to avoid all discussions of it in fear of offending someone. We should not. By dismissing the topic we are basically saying it is not important or it does not matter. When we choose not to inform students on the dark history of systematic racism in our country, we cultivate another generation of hate and ignorance. We should continue to talk about it in school.

2 points

i think this could not have been said any better. One of the main things is that we fear, so we dismiss it and we only talk about it when it is necessary. Even when we do talk about it we still dismiss a lot of the history on racism.

2 points

You said this so well. You definitely can notice racism cultivating generation after generation. Being properly educated on understanding race would definitely ease that tension.

3 points

Race is not talked about too much in school. Most schools teach history as it is and the fact that we politicize the fact that our schools teach students history in order to benefit a political campaign is absurd. The truth is that this statement is another wedge issue that Trump has put out in order to hopefully gain votes. Not just this, it is also disregarding history. It is clear that history is embedded in our government and lives and so therefore it is important for us to learn about it. Because of this, I cannot seem to wrap my head around the fact that we are disregarding history in order to gain votes. It is absolutely scary to know that America has come to this. It makes me wonder what is next?

3 points

I 100% agree. President Trump saying that we should not learn about slavery in school is very disrespectful. It's almost as if he is disregarding a whole group of people. Slaves built the backbone of this country. It's only right we learn from it.

2 points

I agree. I'm sure there are two sides to Trump saying that schools are being too left I guess, but him wanting to lower the amount of education on slavery and the history of different racisms from how low they already are is terrible..

2 points

I think it is not talked about to much because race is what defines everyone and how they get treated.Race should be talked about more in a way that everyone feels comfortable and not excluded.

2 points

I believe most teachers fear speaking about race in school. Therefore, it is not really spoken on. It is a really sensitive topic and people take things the wrong way.

4 points

I agree. I think some teachers want to avoid tension in the classroom so they just decide to skim over it or briefly talk about it instead of going into it.

1 point

i agree with you because in today's culture, we have to be careful with our words because we do not want to offend anybody. not in the sense of people being "snowflakes", but rather our generation being so accepting and actually opening our eyes to what is going around us. we are not only concerned with ourselves for once. so talking about racism, especially in school, is a tricky subject.

1 point

It really all depends on the persons point of view and the students and how they take it. A lot of people take things out of context and make a problem. But to me it's not it's rarely talked about. And just dont talk bad about it and make things worse

1 point

i agree. sometimes people take things the wrong way when it is just meant to be a discussion, not an argument

1 point

exactly, people often tend to take things to the "next level" when in reality it should just be a conversation.

1 point

I agree! For sure people need to have an open mind about things.

1 point

No race is not talked about too much in school. Students receive only the most basic teaching on racial topics, leading to people going into the world horribly un-informed about our country's history. I would honestly say race needs to be talked about more in school but that's another arguement lmao

1 point

I do not think that race is talked about too much in school. I think it is important to understand the things that come with race, the good and the bad. If we didn't hear about these things, we couldn't fully understand the development of our country and how we have tried to improve our country and the way it operates.

1 point

I agree with your statement due to the simple facts that everyone helped build the country whether they wanted to or not.I am simply saying that everyone has the right to know that race can determine the way people perceive each other.

1 point

I agree with your statement tenfold. This is something that we should all come to understand firstly, teaching the things that happened arent the problem, politicizing them for X and X party is. Just as any other thing this should not be a discougared topic but one embraced differnetly.

1 point

I do not think race is overly talked about at school. I think it is important to learn how America has changed, and why people tend to act a certain way about certain things. If we do not learn the history behind the foundations of our country, then it will be difficult to avoid these harsh times. As they say, history can repeat itself.

I believe race is talked about in school, but not enough for other backgrounds, especially African-Americans. It feels as if teachers skim over important parts of our history like slavery. Instead they just focus on the "happier" parts of history like Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

ThaMercenary(5) Disputed
3 points

I feel like African-American discrimination is the most talked about racial injustice in schools. Even though it isn't talked about as much as it probably should be, there is almost no talk about Hispanic or Asian discrimination. And Native Americans don't get very much in that department either. While I do agree that there needs to be a more in-depth teaching of racial injustice, I believe that it needs to be more aimed towards every race.

I 100% agree with you. Yes, every race should be spoken about because they do make up our history. I also find it ironic that we do not learn much about Native Americans because this is their country.

I 100% agree with this. Regularly I see racism towards every race, and I rarely see people defending racism at all if it is not towards African Americans. Racism towards Asians at least (I am not informed on discrimination on other races) is very normalized, even if people refuse to accept that.

2 points

Agreed. Most of us don't have even the foggiest idea of what it means to actually be discriminated against, or be enslaved, and its not really taught what these things come with besides simple things like "they get hit" or "they work without pay."

Xpert_Leader(5) Disputed
1 point

I do somewhat agree with this but many students do know what its like to be discriminated against, whether that be by another student, adult, government, community, etc. They just may not recognize it as such. But I do think we have a better understanding of racism other than they get hit or work without pay, we just don't learn anything from it. We are told it happened, that it is still happening in some places, but not really what we should do to help. I do still think we should be taught more about how people were treated but I think we as a society should also focus on trying to figure out how to take what we learn, and learn how to do better from that

1 point

I think race is not talked about enough. If it is talked about it is from one side most likely. It had been talked about a little more now because of the black lives matter

1 point

I think racial topics and events should be taught at an earlier age. Even as early as elementary, while kids are still learning basic things. If kids understand at an early age that bad stuff happened and that we should aim to prevent anything racist from happening again or continuing to happen, then maybe as they get older they will still keep that in mind, instead of already forming an opinion and becoming stuck to that opinion by the time they ever learn anything major about racism

3 points

I somewhat agree, and obviously they wouldn't learn the more horrible topics that come with the discussion. It might be hard for them to understand because younger children can't really get complicated discussions, but there should be an introduction to it at that point in their life.

2 points

Yes there would only be simple discussion on the events that took place and how certain aspects of the way our country used to be racially are still apparent in todays society. It would get more detailed as we went through school. It would also be good if they started with the more popularsruf (Martin Luther King) at an earlier age and then as students got older the discussion would branch out into lesser known civil rights activists, slaves, and racial events

2 points

I agree completely with this! Racism is a learned behaviour and we must teach them at a young age what is right and wrong and why ect.

1 point

For many generations, it has been debated within our school systems on how the curriculum involving our countries past racial issues should be handled in the classrooms. However, one thing that is rarely brought up is how the teachers themselves can implement their own beliefs, opinions, or not fully convey all the information in the classroom. This is important because there are situations in which some teachers can be prejudice against a certain race. So because of that, if race was talked more or less in schools, how would that stop those situations involving those particular teachers from happening?

Is Race Talked About Too Much in School?

It is talked about too much everywhere, including school. As others have pointed out however, it becomes necessary if there is a genuine racial divide. A healthy society is one where race is never brought into a conversation because it doesn't need to be. But in America most common statistics are frequently broken down around the various racial groupings, which indicates to me that, for whatever reason, the country is more than a little bit obsessed with (often imagined) racial differences. This only gives ammunition to racists, because they are able to point to figures and use them to draw spurious conclusions. I have had many an argument with various American Conservatives waving around crime statistics as "proof" that black people are dangerous. There is an implied -- and largely unjustified -- assumption in the general data gathering process that racial groupings are important.

1 point

How much is too much? The fact that we have white supremacists marching in Charlottesville without a word from our leader until the next day, shows that we need race talked about in schools. So for Trump to suggest it's being talked about too much, I'd have to ask....does he think once a day to too much? once a week? once a month? EVER??

In what context? Is he saying the school (a learning institution) talks about our history too much? Is he saying it's said too much in random conversations?

1 point

In what context? Is he saying the school (a learning institution) talks about our history too much? Is he saying it's said too much in random conversations?

What you have to remember is that Trump is working every day to normalise fascism, and fascism is basically the politics of turning factual reality upside down for the benefit of empowering a minority of far right nutballs.

Mint_tea(4382) Clarified
1 point

Allow me to clarify. There needs to be a sarcasm font. Any institute of learning SHOULD discuss race and the history of racism. ESPECIALLY when we have a "leader" who wants silence and is silent in the matter.

0 points

I think It depends on the type of race, because we talk about differences and how people were treated differently too often. We don't need to understand why people are made different, we just need to respect it.

Lazzy-Assed(1) Clarified
2 points

We talk about is over and over because some people still don't understand how it effected those people

2 points

I agree, it's a real shame. I don't see why we can't all accept each other but some people just want to be in power, which isn't right at all. No man should rule above another.

1 point

I agree because in school the topic of race does not goes as deep as the basis of why racism is what it is.

Vulgarrobser(11) Disputed
1 point

What is your point here? These are two different things: talking about how people were treated different and why they are "made" different.

Besides that, this is just wrong. We should learn about discrimination of every race, as every race is important.

KameNoMukoNi(3) Clarified
2 points

I agree that we should learn about discrimination of every race, yes they are all important, but people were treated differently because of them being made different. My point is that we shouldn't treat anyone differently, it's wrong in its own sense. But we should definitely learn about the past, and how others are treated as History Rhymes, it doesn't repeat.

2 points

^agreed. everything Vulgar has said here are my thoughts. These are two different scenarios and no one said anything about ruling over the other, history should not be forgotten, it must be remembered. However what needs to be done is do no overblow it(on both sides of the spectrum) for political reasons

ThaMercenary(5) Disputed
1 point

I agree with your belief that everybody should learn about past and current discrimination, but I don't think he was "just wrong". He was not very specific, but he was talking about how he wanted everybody to get along no matter what race.

0 points

I think race is talked about too much when it shouldnt be, race is a relavent discussion on things such as unproportionate shootings of black males vs other races who arent(for the same things as well) with data to back it up along with it. Claiming someone is a racist and wants to "return to the old days" because they don't agree with you or share your sentiment is an improper way to use it, a way that is becoming the norm today. This leads to race being overspoken on to the point where when race actually matters people don't want to hear it and take it for complaining.

madspecialis(13) Disputed
2 points

I see what you are saying, but the question was is raced talked about too much in school.

Vulgarrobser(11) Disputed
1 point

I agree with this, but only in the "when it shouldn't be" portion. In school, this often doesnt pop up and schools are supposed to TEACH about race, it is usually not casual talk like in the vague examples you use.