chapter  43
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Playing in the Light: Experiential Learning and White Identity Development

ByGRETCHEN BRION-MEISELS

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. (Harper Lee, 1960)

In September, I ask my eighth graders to explain what it means to be a student of their race at our diverse middle school. We barely know each other, and this is a complicated introduction to the study of American history. It is a complication I welcome.