In the wake of the May 17, 1954, Brown v. Board of Education decision, school districts made strides to end racial segregation in public schools.
Race and Education
Striking at racism before it gets a foothold in our children; the popular educational TV show Sesame Street added a new Hispanic character to its diverse cast.
Ismael Cruz, who watched Sesame Street as a child in Puerto Rico, joins the show as a character called Armando, or “Mando.”
"I grew up watching the show,” Cruz said, “and for me it was a place that really existed and to which as a child I aspired to go, a place so diverse that I could see myself in the faces of the people that were there. Being on the set now is that, but with cameras."
One teacher won’t be getting a “Happy Teacher’s Day” card this year: In April, a 61-year-old Texas educator denied claims she ever fondled a 7-year-old black student because, stating in her own defense, she “doesn’t like black students because she was prejudiced.”
For the rest of the nation’s educators, the entire week of May 6-12 is set aside each year – including National Teacher Day, May 7 - as “National Teacher Appreciation Week.”