From the Archives: Brave Vicky's post on Racism

Each Follow Friday (#FF on Twitter) we pull a buried blog post from the dusty archives of the web. We hope you agree that there is a lot to learn from these “oldie but goodie” posts by educators.

Vicky LorasPost: I don’t want to say it, Sir!
Writer: Vicky Loras
Role in Education: English Teacher in Switzerland
Date Posted: December 13, 2009
Subject: Racism and Multiculturalism
Twitter ID: @vickyloras
Blog: Vicky Loras’s Blog: A Blog about Education

Why we pulled it from the archives? Celebrate Canada is coming up very soon and we are working on some new Canadian holidays lessons for our library. For those who don’t know, this is an 11-day series of celebrations including Aboriginal Day (June 21), St. Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1). When we found this personal story about racism and multiculturalism by Canadian-born Vicky Loras, we knew it was the one to feature for today’s #FF post! Vicky was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Greece when she was just eight years old. In her post “I don’t want to say it, Sir!” Vicky shares a personal experience that she had at her new school. Uncomfortable with a racist line in a script of a school play, Vicky confronted her teacher about not wanting to say it. Vicky’s “first little victory over racism” at the age of eight will make you want to jump into the twitterverse and give her a big hug. (Of course, an everyday tweet from Vicky will do that too! ) Vicky: From one Canadian to another, I love the multicultural values that you picked up in your early life in Canada! Your enthusiasm for languages and teaching is so inspiring. It was really fun dipping in your archives today! -Tara

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  1. ESL Library Staff says:

    Jun 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for stopping by the blog Vicky! What an amazing story you shared. I hope at least one extra teacher reads it because of this tribute. Reflections like yours are my favourite kind of posts. -Tara

  2. Vicky Loras says:

    Jun 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Dear Tara,

    I really do not know how to thank you – I really appreciate having my post featured this week on the website and on a topic that is one of my main interests.

    Thank you so much for your kind words – they give me even more motivation to keep on writing and teaching, promoting multiculturalism and diversity!

    I really hope I come to Canada soon, to give you a biiiiiig hug!!!!

    Many many thanks,
    Vicky

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