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From the Ted Talk by Liz Kleinrock: How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics

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So after standing there for what felt like an eternity, I unfroze and I turned to face my class, and I said, "Actually, Abby makes a point." And my students kind of looked at each other, all csfueond. And I cnutenoid, "One raeson why racism exists is because people with light skin have looked at people with dark skin and said that their skin was ugly. And even use this reason as an exucse to dehumanize them. And the reason why we're learning about race and racism in the first place is to educate ourselves to know better. And to unedantsrd why cenmomts like this are hurtful, and to make sure that people with dark skin are always treated with respect and kindness."

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So after standing there for what felt like an eternity, I unfroze and I turned to face my class, and I said, "Actually, Abby makes a point." And my students kind of looked at each other, all ________. And I _________, "One ______ why racism exists is because people with light skin have looked at people with dark skin and said that their skin was ugly. And even use this reason as an ______ to dehumanize them. And the reason why we're learning about race and racism in the first place is to educate ourselves to know better. And to __________ why ________ like this are hurtful, and to make sure that people with dark skin are always treated with respect and kindness."

Solution

  1. understand
  2. confused
  3. reason
  4. continued
  5. comments
  6. excuse

Original Text

So after standing there for what felt like an eternity, I unfroze and I turned to face my class, and I said, "Actually, Abby makes a point." And my students kind of looked at each other, all confused. And I continued, "One reason why racism exists is because people with light skin have looked at people with dark skin and said that their skin was ugly. And even use this reason as an excuse to dehumanize them. And the reason why we're learning about race and racism in the first place is to educate ourselves to know better. And to understand why comments like this are hurtful, and to make sure that people with dark skin are always treated with respect and kindness."

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