My first year of teaching Kindergarten I remember a student pointing out the color of another little girls skin. “Her skin is brown.” I remember telling him, “yes, its beautiful. We all were made with different skin color. Look how brown my skin is compared to yours. God made us all so beautiful.” Every child in the class starts to look at their skin tone.
It’s normal to compare and look at the difference in objects and in others. In fact, it’s a skill kindergarteners have to master before leaving Kindergarten.
Though empathy and how to value others isn’t on the required set of skills taught in Kindergarten, every year this social skill is taught in my room. Being different isn’t bad and kids should be taught to value their unique differences.
However if this social concept is only taught once a year in Kindergarten then the negative view of different will never change.
It takes the “army” that is raising up the next generation.
I look at all that has happened and just think that this all could have been prevented, if we just teach children that every shade of brown is beautiful.
God created us all so beautiful and unique and everyone’s worth should be valued.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Psalm 139:14 ESV