Friday, December 4, 2009

teaching tolerance

this is just a little rant....dont mind me

i just finished my last eled 3000 class. all semester we have been discussing the foundational studies of education. we have talked about gender bias, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, deaf education, etc etc and throughout the whole semester i have learned so much about tolerance and the need for change in today's world.
it has been a very inspiring semester, and although frustrating and very time consuming, i have learned a lot in all my classes as well as in an actual grade school classroom. this is probably the 1st semester that i actually feel this way...sad, but true. but the plethora of useful information i have gained, that i know i will live by and incorporate into my teacher methods and lessons is wonderful.
today's 3000 class was probably the most inspiring for me. we watched a video about teaching tolerance called "A Place at the Table" this video was an interview with 6 or 7 high school students i would say, that all have different backgrounds. it opened with some very powerful statements about how their ancestors have shaped their lives today. one boy said "if you don't know your history, you don't know yourself." another boy said "my ancestors are my 1st heroes."
the stories these kids shared really made me think a lot about my ancestors and the sacrifices they had to make in order for me to be here and to live this live that i lead. it has inspired me to learn more about their trials, and what they dealt with on a daily basis.
the movie continued into hardships that their ancestors faced in order to come to america and live the life that they knew would be better for their future. they talked about hatred that they themselves, have faced because of their skin color, religion, or life choices.
it was a hard movie to watch, but one that really made me think about what i am doing to help make this a better place to live and be free. one girl said "why do you care what i look like? cant you just respect me for who i am?" its something to think about, and wonder, are we teaching tolerance? are we living tolerance? are we living the words liberty and justice for all?
it's obvious to see how far we have come, but its also clear to see just how far we have to go...

souvenez-vous qui vous ĂȘtes
-whit sariah

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