I was already familiar with the story of what Mrs. Elliot did, and how the children reacted. One thing that I did not remember was that the kids went through the phonics cards at such different speeds depending on whether or not they were wearing a collar. In that context, it makes sense that people with different skin tones would struggle in school. Then they see they don't do as well and think they aren't as smart. As an educator, I like to see students reach their full potential, and I have often had to tell students that they are not stupid. I like to think that our society is changing, and more teachers and parents are encouraging young minds, but that might just be wishful thinking.