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Prof. Singer on Cultural Sensitivity

Alan Singer. Photographer: Philip Hinds

Dr. Alan Singer, professor in the School of Education and an expert on public education issues, was quoted in Newsday about a Suffolk County high school that is facing criticism after a science teacher created a PowerPoint presentation with slides that students and parents have found to be racially insensitive.

The pictures from a field trip to the Bronx Zoo were recently shown to students. A photograph of a gorilla with the caption “Monkey See” was immediately followed by a picture of four black students from the class with the caption “Monkey Do.”

“Comments like this should never be made, particularly by a science teacher, even in jest,” Dr. Singer said. “The wounds are just too deep.”

Dr. Singer will continue to discuss cultural sensitivity and civil rights when he presents a lecture at the Uniondale Public Library on Thursday, January 9, at 7 p.m. He will focus on four speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that suggest what his views might have been on the world today. The African-American Civil Rights movement motivated people to fight for social justice in this country and abroad. It contributed to the women’s rights movement, the gay and lesbian rights movement, and the struggle for immigrant rights.

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