Jul 23, 2013 8:11 AM GMT
Growing up as an individual with white skin and a black ethnicity as always been extremely tough. I remember back in grade six a fellow student asking me what ethnicity/race do I belong to. I was reluctant to answer such a question not because I was ashamed of my identity, but because I don't think it really matter; what my race is hasn't hindered my ability to think critically, to hold intelligent conversations, hence I don't feel the need to tell people.
Now, when I got to high school, I have matured a bit; my understanding of who I am deepened, deeply rooted in the self understanding that curiosity is often the motive for people's insensitive attitude. However, when I started to see questions like: "what race are you? What ethnicity do you belong to?" on exams, I knew that the problem is far more pervasive than I thought; I knew that this is far deeper than it appears to be. While it is certainly arguable that this type of actions are justifiable, I am convinced that the only way that we can ensure that every student have equal access to the same educational standards, complete removal of these questions has to be explored.
I thought it might be interesting to hear your thoughts and opinion on this issue.