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Sesame Street Combats Racism

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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."

Honoring What Teachers Deal With Daily

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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.”

Issue Of The Week LVI: With The Growing Need Of Protecting Planet Earth, How Can Equality In Environmental Education Be Achieved For Minority Students?

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Equality In Environmental Education For Minority Students

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