ERIC Number: EJ888303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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The Only One
Scruggs, Afi-Odelia E.
Teaching Tolerance, n37 p18-19 Spr 2010
Tia Hall wanted to learn German. As a student at an elite private school, Hall felt that this was a reasonable request. But she still recalls the teacher who ridiculed her, saying, "Why on earth would a black kid want to study German?" She never forgot how it felt to be the "only one." As an adult, she married a man who'd had a similar school experience. The two thought long and hard before sending their children into the same situation. Educators say Hall's story is far too common among students who are the only ones in their school or class. Minority children in schools where there are few, if any, of their ethnicity or racial group battle to balance the various worlds they inhabit. Where schools are still separate and unequal, parents often look beyond their local school for solutions. This article illustrates how school can become a struggle between two worlds when a student is the only person of color in his/her class.
Descriptors: Minority Group Children, Educational Experience, Educational Environment, School Culture, Student Diversity, Private Schools, Racial Composition, Racial Bias, Racial Differences
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