or…a teachable (anti-racist) moment for teachers.
I’ve recently become a fan of a teacher blog, whose target audience is language teachers. I enjoy most of their posts and ideas. But, the one promoting a Mexican Lotería app isn’t one of my favorites. The reason? Some of the game board images are stereotypical, even downright racist.
My point? Some think along those lines, those like me, and others, well…do not think along those lines.
My second point: If a teacher is going to use the traditional Mexican Lotería game, laden with its stereotypical and even downright racist images, then a teacher should be well-equipped to use it as an opportunity to teach students that stereotypes and racism exist in every culture, even in Mexico. After all, Mexico produced this as well.
If I were teaching Spanish 4 or 5, I might use the app. And, I am well-equipped.
Now, before anyone gets all agitated, and accuses me of having called the bloggers of the blog in question racist: STOP. Given my orientation, such things are more obvious to me. Perhaps by my having pointed out the issues with said Mexican Lotería game, there will be greater awareness for the bloggers in question.
That is all. You may proceed.