Friday, September 27, 2013


There is much to say about prejudice. One thing we know is that prejudice is a learned behavior. Children are born innocent; they don’t discriminate against skin color. For example, they don’t care if a person is white, black or even green like the little monsters they see in their books. It’s important to help children move from innocence to adulthood and not let them practice stereotyping during this process. Moral education is something parents should teach and teachers should support, even though many schools don’t offer this subject anymore in their curriculum. One way of doing this is to encourage children to try to see life through other people’s eyes. A famous exercise was created by Jane Elliott, a school teacher and anti-racist activist, during Segregation in the United States. Known as “blue-eyed/brown-eyed” exercise, it showed the children in her class how it felt to be treated the way a black person was treated. The exercise had a positive impact on the children’s attitudes towards all their classmates. In conclusion, to treat others with sympathy and try to understand other people is an everyday exercise that can help children grow without prejudices.

This was the experiment she did at class.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lunchbox: Soba noodles

Today I sent Nicolas his favorite lunch. Soba noodles with shredded roasted seaweed and quail eggs, plus the dipping sauce. As a side dish I sent pickles salad (eggplant and cucumber) and for dessert fruit salad.

You can find the all the ingredients at Mitsuwa. It's very easy to make the noodles: just boil it for 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.

675 Saratoga Ave  San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 255-6699

Hoje na lancheira foi o almoço preferido do Nicolas. Como prato principal, soba com alga marinha seca fatiada e ovo de codorna, além do molho feito a base de soja. Como acompanhamento, salada de pickles japonês. Para sobremesa: salada de frutas.

Todos esses ingredientes podem ser encontrados no mercado Mitsuwa, em San Jose.