One of the best posts I have read so far comes from California Crusader about what does Prop 8 really mean to our school systems. The explanation really shows that children will ask questions and when they do, a “teachable moment” arises.
How the teacher handles it is key. An excerpt from California Crusader is here:
One of the most powerful tools teachers use are what we call “teachable moments”. These are times during the day when teachers stray from their lesson plans because of a comment, question, or action by a student. THEY HAPPEN ALL THE TIME, especially with younger students. Here are a few examples from my own experience:
1. A boy in my class used the N word. We had a long talk about why we should never discriminate against anyone because of the color of their skin. I even read them the book Martin’s Big Words as a follow-up the next day.
2. A student stole a classmate’s snack and ate it. We had a class discussion about honesty and how it feels when someone steals from you.