Week 10

My schooling and upbringing have brought me up with many biases. Coming from not only a farm, but also a small surrounding town made many things impossible for me. There was very little diversity within my schools and my community. On top of this, there was very little mention of diversity within the education I had as well. I had zero education on residential schools until grade 12 and university. This is outrageous. The lens I bring to the classroom is of white privilege. I need to work everyday to create a practice and education process that I can share with my students that challenge these while privilege biases and norms. Creating diverse and unbiased education is a goal everyone needs to strive towards. Through my university career I have been slowly recognising and unlearning the biases that I didn’t even know I had. Through the classes I take and experiences I have, I am able to back track and unlearn some of the biases I have. The more I learn, the more I grow and understand what society has pushed as norms, and how unacceptable they are. Human equity is something I am passionate about. Working towards becoming a teacher that give my students to most rich and diverse education I can is something I work towards every day. Having passionate and like-minded colleagues also helps me. Working collaboratively with other teachers challenge me to be my best and work my hardest to reach my goals. Working with others that share the passion I do not only builds my resources, but also allows me to include diverse perspectives in my work.

The truth that mattered in my schooling was mostly my teachers. In elementary school, I feel like I did not have opportunities to oppose or challenge anything, nor did I know anything better. I was not subjected to many ideologies or opinions, so I automatically followed exactly what my teacher said. However, in high school I felt like certain teachers prompted us to challenge ideas and opinions, however, many of us had never experienced this before. So, when given the opportunity, we did not use it. Some of the time the environment did not feel genuinely safe to speak out, even when the teacher encouraged us to. In university, I have had many experiences. Some professors really make an effort to create a learning environment that accepts failure and respects opposing perspectives. In this sense, I feel very encouraged and welcomed to add any perspective I have to the discussion. However, in other classes, my professors make things very clear that their opinion is the right one. I learned very quick which professors I needed to “write for”, rather than “write to”. Some papers I have wrote over the years have been written through the lens my professor wanted in order to succeed in the class. This is, obviously, unacceptable. However, if that’s what it takes to succeed, what choice do I have? I justify this by telling myself once I graduate and have my own classroom, things will be different than this.

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