3 Things that are new to me:
- In the article Nourishing The Learning spirit, it said “Scientists have just begun to recognize the potential of Indigenous knowledge. This was appauling! We want to know more about the world, YET, we do not even look into the cultures that go back thousands of years. It is sad we did not start recognizing their stories and looking into this knowledge sooner. With the loss of language already in the many indigenous cultures throughout the world the sooner we start listening the better!
- Reconceptualists is a new word for me, a movement I have never been aware of. It is about challenging European and westernized views and supporting diversity in its fullness. I appreciate how it attends to the marginalized community and reveals the privileges that come with power. With this reveling process maybe our students will be more critical in the traditions they want to take part in.
- The idea of the “good student/child” was definitely one of the common sense ideas that I was not aware of. For myself I always thought a good student was a student who was not late, finished assignments, completed assignments well, got good marks and was willing to learn. Yet there is no such thing as a good student. How can we compare one child to the idea of a “normal child” without a complete definition of normal how can a student be exceptional. My thoughts on a good student have changed from having “good” qualities to how well a student can improve!
2 Things I have connected with
- Early childhood educators have been researching children’s awareness of gender racism and power. This is even true for students who attend University of Regina! The university gives all students the opportunity to push down the wall we had built up against these topics. Many of us believed until now we were not racist, sexist or privileged unless we expressed it out loud. We forgot about our thoughts, actions and choices we made and continue to make that negatively impact our identity as a diverse individual. Is this a trait that comes from learned behavior or it one that comes naturally? It is hard to study this since children around the globe younger and younger are being influenced by power how can we study it as a nature vs nurture topic when there is so many opportunities power can negatively impact our young.
- The mission to teach indigenous culture to all people and not just those who are indigenous is the most important thing we can do as teachers. I connected this to my ECS 210 class where we talked about how it is easy for teachers to think they can skip over the topic when there is no indigenous people in the room. It is crucial we teach all students because it is the natural culture in this country, by teaching it more people will be understanding and take initiative to see the importance in it.
1 Question I still have
- Our students will probably still be going home to parents with a different outlook on treaty ed, power and indigenous culture, how can we prepare our students to challenge their parents possible negative outlooks.