I began teaching 'Distinguishing Different Perspectives' on Monday...I've had a problem with my 10th grade using the word, 'nigger', since the beginning of the year. They only use it in a non-vicious way but I felt that it was inappropriate anyway. So, I grabbed the Ethiopian liaison in the hallway and asked him to give a talk to my class on the Ethiopian immigrant experience. He agreed and his talk was riveting. First he asked the pupils to voice their preconceptions of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. For the country, they called out things like 'no technology', 'jungle', 'no schools', 'no food' and 'primitive'. For the people, they named some food items like injira and chow (Ethiopian bread with a sauce) and 'Kiryat Melachi' (been in the news because there have been reported incidents of racism there) and of course, big families. Then, he told us some personal stories that really touched us. He described how, in Ethiopia, the men of the household are treated like kings. No one would dare to check what time they arrived and left work, or question them about their decisions. However, when they arrive in Israel, they must integrate into a society where everyone has to work - and hard too. They feel like they are at the bottom of the pile because they don't have much of a formal education and they feel lost because of the language. To top it off, the kings are literally dethroned when the second generation pick up the language, go to school and easily integrate into society. A question for you:What activities would you do after this to demonstate this 'Thinking Skill'?I look forward to reading them!