I am not sure if I actively promoted conscientiousness in my children or they are born that way.
We, as a family have always talked about history and what mistakes were made in the past and what we could learn from history.
My youngest came home yesterday and told me that I need to go to her school and see her teacher.
Now, before I go any further, I must write a few things about her.
She is 9 years old, my little baby ( proof that mothers’ and their youngest child shares a very special bond), does her work well, makes good pancakes and loves all kind of animals.
According to my son, her chooks can beat the fastest runner in Olympics, simply because the chooks have learned to run as fast as their little feet can carry the moment they spot her. ( She loves them so much that, she practically carries them around, tie a bonnet on them when it raines etc !!)
So it was a bit terrifying when I was told that I must go to the school and meet the teacher.
What did you do? I asked her
she replied..The teacher was talking about Eskimos and she got up to tell the teacher that the correct term is Inuit and a lot of people in N. America considers the word Eskimo derogatory.

I spend all of last night reading various articles and dictionaries to see the origin of the word Eskimo. There is a huge controversy.
According to my daughter, she learned in her school in Canada that the name Eskimo is derogatory. She has refused to write the word as well and wrote Inuit in her work book.
I don’t know what to do.
How can I go to the school and tell the teacher the word Eskimo is considered derogatory when I don’t know the how and why?
Even worst is telling a child, who refused to speak about traditional Aussie heroes ( her teacher’s list had Charles Kingsford Smith, Dr. John Flynn, Donald Bradman etc) and chose to speak about Eddie Mabo that perhaps she should back down a bit ??

3 thoughts on “Conscientious

  1. Depends on the character of the teacher. Someone who is willing to accept another term would not have called you in.:-(

    On the other hand, my entire schooling was done in Canada(Ontario). We were taught as your daughter had been. That the word Eskimo was offensive and to use the word Inuit. Of course, in recent times, that too has changed to Aboriginal people.

  2. Kajan: I haven't gone to the school yet. I am still trying to figure out my next move. Meanwhile the teacher has agreed to let baby use the word Inuit.

    Anipin: Thank you for the link. I am forever going to the school and meeting with my son's class teacher. I was hoping that I will be spared by baby's class teacher.. No luck

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