Katherine - I agree with you. Teachers should explain that Mr. Good is white because he is "pure," not because that is his skin color. (But I'm not sure if that would be an issue, because he does not look like a real person.) And Mr. Wrong is "wrong" because he does everything the opposite way, not because it is wrong to do so.
Again, this was a celebration to make the kids feel good about themselves BECAUSE they are different, not to feel boxed in or typecast. That was actually the whole point of the exercise. I also said, "Explain that since the quality they pick is just one of many, and can even be changed if they want, it does not define them or limit them." But I can see how that might come across wrong. My students understood that it was a celebration of who they are, not a moral lesson that they shouldn't be that way. But just to be sure, it should be emphasized to the class that personalities are on the inside, not on the outside.
Thank you for reading and commenting about your concerns. Your opinion is important. It is evident that you care how children feel about themselves and how they are treated.
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