Thursday, February 25, 2016

Kenny and Dad have a serious conversation about the way things are in the world. Kenny saw some white people being cruel to black children. He really didn't understand this. Do you think children should be exposed to what is going on in the world? Or do you think children should be protected from the bad things that happen? Why do you think Dad was telling  Kenny about this?

29 comments:

  1. I think children should be exposed to everything that is going on, even if it is gory or racist or stuff like that. We deserve to know what's happening and not have our parents watch the news secretly because "we can't handle it." I think Dad was telling Kenny about this because he didn't want Kenny to not understand anything that was happening in Birmingham.

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  2. I think that children should be exposed to the world because when they grow older, they will be surprised with what the real world is like. Kids should be able to know what kind of world they are living. Why hide the reality from the people that will be the oldest and will be apart of this world? I think that there is no reason that kids should not know the real way that real people act in the real world. Why hide what these kids are living? Kids need to know what they will see when they are older. If parents wait too long, kids will be scared, and might never want to move out and to go away to start their own life. If kids are hid from the real world, how will they know what to expect when they are ready to start their own life? Although I disagree with hiding the children from what they are living in, I also think that sometimes kids don’t need to know everything that is happening in the world. I think that if people are doing violent things, like across the world, kids don’t need to know about that because that is not happening right outside their door. Other things like people being racist , were normal back then. Kids need to know the difference between right and wrong. Kids don’t need to know as much as adults know, but they need to be taught what might and will happen when they are around other people that may not act the same as people should act. I hope that one day, everyone is happy, kind, and caring to everyone they see, or meet. I think that dad is telling Kenny about this stuff is because he thinks it is the right time. Kids don’t need to know all the details, and when their parents think that their kids won’t be scared, are ready to handle it, and they can keep it a secret from the littler kids. Mainly, I think that the parents should decide what to tell and what not to tell their kids.

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  3. I think that the older kids should be able to know what is going on in the outside world, but I do not thing Joey should be exposed yet. I think this because when you are younger sometimes you don’t understand what is going on in the outside world. When it comes to older kids they will be able to understand what their parents or some one is telling them. I think Dad was telling Kenny about this because Kenny didn’t understand what was going on yet and Dad thought he needed to tell Kenny.

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  4. I think children should be exposed to whats going on even if it is like what Julie said. My though for this is because kids need to know what is happening in the world and see the reality of it all. I think that Dad was telling Kenny about it because he wanted him to see the reality in the world and in Birmingham.

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  5. I think that kids have the right to know what is going on. Take Kid President for example. He is obviously a kid, and he has done things to make the world a better place. When kids have the knowledge of this, the usually have two reactions; they are either very scared, or they decide to do something about it. I think telling kids would raise the amount of people doing things go up, and I think kids should have that kind of experience. I think that Dad was telling Kenny about what was going on because he knew how Kenny was taking it, and he didn't want him to go through something like guilt without even knowing what was going on.

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  6. I think children should be protected when they are young but exposed when they are older. I think this because when they are younger they don't know how to handle it and they might not understand, but when they are older they might understand it more and be able to handle it. I think his dad told him about this because he thought he might be old enough to understand that Byron is going for a reason.

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  7. I think children should be exposed to the outer world, just in a rather safe way. The racism is kind of scary, but keeping children locked away and to safe, is unfair, and will be harder for them as they grow up and have to live by themselves. It is not fun to be told that you can't handle something. I think the dad told Kenny this for the same reasons that kids shouldn't be held back, so he is not confused. When Kenny grows up, he will have to tell his children about this and it is bad for him not to know about when his race is experiencing it.

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  8. Kids do not belong in a bubble. I think kids should be exposed to whats going on in the world. If kids do not know what is going on in the world, they won't be able to change anything for the better. Say that there is a big war going on, but none of the kids know about it. Then, there is a major need for soldiers. No soldiers join the army because none of the young adults and teenagers know about the war. Kids should be exposed to the world. Kids do not belong in a bubble.

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  9. I think that children should be exposed to what is going on in a limited way. For example, adults don’t have to tell kids about all of the killing that happened in the time of segregation. They could just give us the big picture with a few of the details. I think that this would help us be more aware of what is going on in the world without us having to think about the more brutal things. I think that Dad was explaining things to Kenny because he felt that Kenny would understand about what was going on since he had gone in the church and seen the things that he had seen.

    ~Mirek

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  10. I think children should be exposed to this, but in a lower key. I think that this will teach kids things like what actually happens in the world. I’m not saying that kids should be bullied, but they should know that things like this happen. I think it is nice that Kenny has someone to talk to about what is happening around him. And I like how Kenny’s dad tells him the truth. So, I think kids should know what and why these things around him are happening.

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  11. I think children should be exposed because they need to know what happens in case they get into this situation. I think he should be told what could happen and be warned about any cruel white people. Dad was telling Kenny this because he wanted Kenny to be safe and know what is happening around the world.

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  12. I think that kids should be exposed to whats going on in the world because I think that it will help them later in life. It shows them what the world might be like when they are grown up. But a tiny bit of me says no. Because kids could take up a bad idea a be bad later in life.

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  13. I do think children should be exposed to whats going on in the world. If they are not exposed to whats going on in the world they wont know what to expect in the future and will not be prepared. If they do they will know what to expect and how to help the world and stop it. So, I do think kids should be exposed to whats going on in this world.

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  14. I think that kids do need to know what is going on in the world. I think that kids Joey's age are too young to understand everything, so the shouldn't be exposed. However, kids Kenny's age are old enough to understand and have a right to know what is going on in the would around them. I do not think that it is necessary for kids to know what is happening hundreds of miles away. However, if it is something that is going on close to where they live, it would be helpful for them to know. That way they wouldn't wonder or be even more scared it they overheard someone talking about it. Parents should tell their kids about things because kids will trust them more. Kenny's dad told Kenny because he thought Kenny was old enough to understand. I agree with his choice to tell Kenny. I think that parents should make the choice of when to tell kids about things like this. The kids should be old enough to understand though.

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  15. In my opinion, I think kids should be told about everything that is going on, because we are people too. Sometimes, the most empathetic people are children, so if you tell them serious troubles, they might be able to relate. Also, I think children should be told because blinding them from everything is totally ineffective. What if Kenny were to run into these people? What would he do? If children are told about things, they will more likely be able to prepare themselves, and it gets them a better understanding of the world. I also think parents should tell them in a safe way, explaining not just the bad, but also what people are doing to fix it. Kids are usually optimists, so telling them how problems can change can definitely help everyone. I think in Kenny’s case, his dad told him because of what was going on at the time. Kenny could not go on believing that things like bombs going off happened for no reason. Plus, Kenny was at an age where he should learn about the world, because he was taking the first step into adulthood.

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  16. I think that kids should be exposed because, when they become adults they need to know what's going on in the world and if they can fix it. Also I think Kenny's dad was telling him this so Kenny could understand that black people get treated differently than most white people. And that would help so, if a white person was being mean to Kenny he would know why.

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  17. I think that children should be exposed to the current events going on in the world in kid language. They would know what to do and what not to do according to what's happening outside. For example, if my dad told me that there was a cold war going on between our country and another country because of religions, then I wouldn't go out and teach our religious things to the enemy. The enemy would find out where we live and what religion we are in, and might put us in jail.

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  18. I think that what Mom and Dad did was totally called for because what will happen if they grow up and they are cowering because they don't know how whites were to blacks in that time? They will live their life in fear because of the world and the way it acts. They will grow up to be made fun of and beaten down. They will not be the Rosa Parks or the Martin Luther King Jr. that they need to be. The killing could have waited, but the world is a cruel place and kids should be exposed to the issues of their time. Not in a gruesome, gory way, but in a way that will shape them for adulthood in that world.



    -James

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  19. I think that the kids should be exposed because then they know and they can help stop it, so that is why I think that children should be exposed. I think that Dad told Kenny about it to prepare him for the real world, and not being protected by Byron.

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  20. I think kids should be exposed because they need to know and be aware of their surroundings. Most kids usually could get hurt if they are not exposed because they do not know the dangers in the world and think everything is fine and nothing bad will happen. So I do think kids should be exposed. I think Dad told Kenny to know his surroundings and to be aware and also get prepared for the real world because Dad told him this so Kenny could be safe and so Dad knows Kenny will be prepared for what is out in the real cruel world.

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  21. I think Children should at least be talked with because if they did not know they would not be prepared for the world ahead. They need to understand that they have it better and easily than others. They need to be exposed but, not treated that way.

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  22. I think that children should be protected from the bad things that happen because they shouldn't be learning the bad things right now. Kids learning bad things right now when they are young can lead to them doing the bad things they see people do. People who do bad things in public give all the kids around them a bad influence. Dad was telling Kenny about this just to let him know what is out there in the real world.

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  23. I think that kids should be exposed to things like this. I think this because they learn something. They learn about how grateful they are to be able to have loving and kind families that take care of them. Also, that they are so lucky with what they have. They can learn things about the world. hink that dad told Kenny things to prepare him for the real world, when they are not always there.

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  24. I think that children should be exposed to the outside world, but not a lot. The information given to them should be brief, but plentiful. This way, they know what to do in a tricky situation. They should be told in a way they will understand, so one day, they will be able to protect themselves. Though, this talk should only be kept at a low rate to keep them from over exaggerating and feeling scared. That is why I think that children should be exposed to the world around them, but only when it is necessary.

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  25. I think that children should be exposed to whatever may be happening in the world. Although, these things may be terrifying or anything else, kids need to learn. They need to learn how cruel some people may be, they need to learn how to react to various things. But, most importantly they need to learn what the world is like. I think that Dad told Kenny about this because he wanted Kenny to understand these things. He wanted Kenny to know that things aren't always perfect and they never will be.

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  26. I think kids should be exposed to this so they know how to deal with the world when they grow up. I think Kenny's dad told him this so he would know how to deal with the world as he grows up. My parents teach me this stuff so I know how to deal with the world today.

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  27. I think that kids should know what is happening in the world because if they don't know about anything when it happens, when they are later told it would be even worse because they wouldn't know about it and they would learn something after it happens. I think that Dad was telling Kenny this because Kenny should know what is happening in the world, so he could be prepared if it ever happens to him or one of his family members.

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  28. I think that it depends on the child if they should be exposed to stuff like that, for Kenny I think that he was ready to hear that. However, if it was Joey I think it could be bad, they didn't even tell her that there was a blow up in a church. I think that the Watsons Protected Joey from it because she is not old enough to learn that stuff. I think that dad was telling Kenny about this because he was so devastated when he heard about it that he needed somebody to talk to.

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  29. I think children should be exposed to what is happening in the world because when they grow up, they need to know how things work, and how to handle them. It is okay if they see some harsh things, because then they’ll know how to deal with situations like that. They will also see the result of the whole case, and kids will know never to be the mean one, or you will make others, and yourself feel bad. I think Dad was telling Kenny about this because he wanted to make sure Kenny was prepared for the future.

    ~Chloe F.

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