- How has your upbringing/schooling shaped how you you “read the world?” What biases and lenses do you bring to the classroom? How might we unlearn / work against these biases?
My schooling shaped how I “read the world” for I was surrounded by individual who were very similar to myself. I grew up going to a small country school with around 150 students in kindergarten through grade 9. I moved through the grades alongside the same 20 classmates and we grew to be very comfortable around each other. We all lived on the same side of town in very similar situations creating a somewhat sheltered bubble. After grade 9 we were required to attend the high school in Swift where our eyes were opened to further diversity. Although I enjoyed this new aspect of freedom at school, I struggled to come out of my shell enough to be included in a much larger crowd. Being shaped in a small community gave me confidence in a small group of people and caused be to hold back and shy aware in unfamiliar situations. I read the world as a scary univiting place. I know know this is not true and I am able to thrive in different communities.
- Which “single stories” were present in your own schooling? Whose truth mattered?
Culture was not overly diverse in my own schooling and cultural aspects were not well represented. There was obvious difference and diversity, it was just never acknowledge. Now as I am aware of the importance of encouraging and representing diversity, I can see the lack of it in my own education.