Through Children's Eyes: President Obama and the Future Generation

Through Children's Eyes: President Obama and the Future Generation

by Helen Bond, Bernadine Barr, Izolda Fotiyeva, Fang Wu

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This book examines how school-age children and youth in the United States, Sierra Leone, West Africa, Jamaica, China, and Russia made meaning of the election of Barack Obama as the first non-White President of the United States. The book is developed from an international research study exploring how children and youth around the world understood Obama's


This book examines how school-age children and youth in the United States, Sierra Leone, West Africa, Jamaica, China, and Russia made meaning of the election of Barack Obama as the first non-White President of the United States. The book is developed from an international research study exploring how children and youth around the world understood Obama's messages. The book further examines whether youth believed race relations in their country or human relations in the world might change as a result of this historic election. Children made vibrant drawings of "what President Obama means to me," revealing their innermost thoughts and secrets. Youth also revealed how they learned about Obama, including their surprising one-word impressions of him. The rich contents of the book, the issues it raises, and the insights it provides will offer readers a unique opportunity to look into the minds of the future generation around the world.

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Frank H. Wu
"The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 was an historic moment for our diverse democracy. We are only now beginning to understand its profound significance. This book is an excellent start for our much-needed dialogue. The voices of the next generation show how far we have come and how far they will take us."
--Frank H. Wu, Chancellor and Dean of the Hastings College of the Law, University of California, USA
Melissa Harris-Perry
"Politics uses children as symbols all the time. Candidates kiss babies. Elected officials decry policies as bad for kids or promote them as good for future generations. But as much as politics often uses children as symbols, few take the attitudes, opinions, or emotions of children seriously enough to ask kids themselves what they are thinking and feeling. In this important new book a group of respected researchers corrects this deficit by making children the subject of a smart inquiry into the current political and racial environment. The authors rightly point to the election of President Obama as a meaningful shift in American racial politics and ask, how the symbolic and substantive reality of a black president changes how children around the world perceive America, opportunity, and their own life chances. It is a compelling, serious, and often surprising book that deserves a wide readership. No other texts asks and answers these critical questions that desperately need answers. This book takes us around the world in a fascinating exploration of the minds of the world's youth as they witness the Obama moment."
--Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor at Tulane University, and host of "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC, USA

Greta Olson
"Through Children's Eyes is an important book. It documents the effect of Barack Obama's 2008 election on school-aged children in a number of countries to show how he has become a figure of hope and the personification of peace and an end of racism in many places around the world. The book very carefully traces differences in school-age children's and youths' reactions to Obama's election in the form of their drawings of the president and their answers to questions about how they learned about him and how he has impacted on their lives. Quite patently, the children's drawings speak volumes: In Sierra Leone a youth depicts him as a Big Man. In China, children and youth draw him, incredibly movingly, with Asian features. And in Russia, he is depicted alternatively as bringing peace between the two nations or as a figure of violence. Thus Through Children's Eyes is not undifferentiated in its analysis of the Obama effect on children in five very different nations. The book is to be highly recommended both for those interested in political education and development and those wishing to inquire into the effect of the Obama presidency beyond the provenance of the United States."
--Greta Olson, Professor at Institut f?r Anglistik, Justus-Liebig-Universitat, Giessen, Germany

Ivory A. Toldson
"Through Children's Eyes provides a unique perspective on President Obama's ascent, from the world's most valuable resource, our children. The authors masterfully organize children's prose and art to give a rare glimpse at how [children believe] current events will shape tomorrow. The book is awe-inspiring and fun. It will stimulate the highbrow, while entertaining the leisure reader. The book embodies the landscape of a new world, with bigger dreams, looser boundaries and deeper human connections."
--Ivory A. Toldson, Associate Professor at Howard University, Senior Research Analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Negro Education, USA

Meet the Author

Dr. Helen Bond, Ph.D. Dr. Bond is an Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at Howard University. She received an undergraduate degree in Education from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree in Communication from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Human Development from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Her dissertation focused on education and human development in West Africa, where she conducted anthropological field work in Ghana. She was awarded the 2012 Inspirational Interdisciplinary Project at Howard University for her interdisciplinary teaching and research in a course entitled Social Media and Political Change in Africa. She was selected as a 2011-2012 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in education in India where she spent a semester lecturing and conducting research on teacher education and women's empowerment. She has published articles in the Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide, International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, Journal of Transformative Education, Handbook of Research on Culturally Aware Technology, and the Weekly Journal of Higher Education published by the Association of Indian Universities. She also authored chapters in the Pathways to the Holocaust and the award winning Evoking Genocide chosen as the "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2010 by Choice Magazine, the leading journal of librarians around the English-speaking world.

Dr. Bernadine Barr, Ph.D. Dr. Barr is a Professor (Collegiate Professor) at the University of Maryland, University College. She received an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University School of Education. After college, Dr. Barr served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuzco, Peru. During her postdoctoral years at Stanford University School of Education and Stanford University School of Medicine, she traveled to Hungary to discuss possible ways to improve the outcomes of children living in institutions. She has 12 years of experience designing and teaching courses in teacher education, multicultural child development, parenting, race relations, and global migrants and refugees. She co-authored book-length commentaries published for online courses in ethnic relations and in race relations. Dr. Barr is a mentor to faculty members who are new to online teaching.

Dr. Izolda Fotiyeva received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., from The Ural State University, Russia and Russian Academy of Science. In 2005, Dr. Fotiyeva joined the faculty of the Howard University School of Education where she teaches mathematics and science courses to help preservice teachers be more effective with children in K-12 schools. She published two books, Math with Mom in 2003, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra Word Problems in 2010. In 2002 she was nominated for an Emmy Award as a producer of WHUT Television station's flagship show Evening Exchange with Kojo Nnamdi. In 2004, she won the Telly Award for producing.

Dr. Fang Wu is an Associate Professor and Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator in the School of Education at Howard University. She received her B.A., from Beijing Normal University, M.A., from University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. from UCLA. Dr. Wu's research foci are on social and emotional development of children in China and in the United States, parenting effect on child development, and children adopted from China by American parents. She is also interested in developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practice in early childhood education. Dr. Wu has twice received the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad awards to take American teachers to China for cultural studies. She has also received the 2011 Fulbright Specialist Program award to teach in a university in China.

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