How should I explain "beauty pageants show disrespect to women?"

Discussion in 'Third Grade' started by thesub, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. thesub

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    Sep 11, 2015

    I am a p/t aide in 3rd grade and one student was reading D.Guttman's "Mrs Sue has no clue" and this sentence came up. The student said he had no idea what a beauty pageant was and was stumped by the above sentence. However, reading got over just then and we moved onto SS. How should I explained it if we had the time? How simple should I have kept my explanation?



    Thank you so much,
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Sep 12, 2015

    You could have simply stated that the sentence was a character's opinion about a contest/event that some women participate in. You might want to keep your own opinion out of the explanation.
     
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    Yep.

    I know a lot of strong women that participate/participated in pageants and went on to have their own daughters participate. I'm very certain that if they felt disrespected they would never spend the time, money or energy on them.

    I'm not a fan, but then again, I think professional sports are stupid and cannot imagine sitting through a 2 hour concert listening to a single violinist play. Everyone has their own thing.
     
  5. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Definitely keep your own opinion to yourself. You don't know if this family participates in this type of activity. Just someone's opinion :)
     
  6. gr3teacher

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    One of the most important things you need to learn with younger kids is when it's best to smile, nod, and change the subject. Every year, I have a student at some point bring up Adam and Eve, or the world being 6,000 years old, or political candidates. These are subjects I feel strongly about, but there is literally nothing good from me opening my mouth and giving my thoughts on the matter. It sounds like this is the same type of situation. If you feel the need to respond at all, make it something very vague ("different people have different thoughts about this."). In this case, there was no need to say anything at all, other than a factual, short statement about what a beauty pageant is.
     
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    I wouldn't voice my own opinion because I wouldn't want to risk insulting a child or family who chose to participate in pageants.
     
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    In HS, you could have them do some research and come up with pros and cons, but in third grade, leave it at thankfully we aren't all the same. End of conversation. Move on. If adults can't come to an agreement about such things, I see no use dragging third graders into the fray.
     
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    I agree with this idea.
     

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