Respond to the following:
A. 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?
B. Which “single stories” were present in your own schooling? Whose truth mattered?
“I am a young white women, one, who was raised in a stereotypical white fenced lifestyle. I grew up in a small town, had blonde hair and blue eyes. I am a cisgender, heterosexual, middle class Canadian citizen. Some would call me normal, many would call me lucky, and I know I’m privileged.” (Hackl) This is a quote I used in another class to explain my upbringings that will influence my biases and assumptions I make in the classroom. I will never be able to understand going to school hungry and have that lived experience but I can do my best to help myself be aware of it. With me being aware of my own identity I can start to think about all the biases I will have going into a class and try my best to not be stereotypical and provide the most support I can. My single story is one many white Canadians would be able to identify with, its my turn to hear the real stories of people different than me.
A belief in my life that I continue to draw on is the idea that all Africans have aids, are poor, and are skinny with big tummies. I learnt this from TV commercials and thought that is what people in Africa looked like. I remember the first time I met someone who was chocolate colored I asked “So how did you get enough money to fly here and what did your hut look like.” It is crazy to think that my entire life I made a construct on a whole continent based on a commercial. For now on it is important for me too look into what I question and not be so naive to the world around me.
In order to unlearn the negative assumptions and biases we have formed, all we have to do it be patient. It will take a long time to get rid of these biases and assumptions fully. For now, it is important we can recognize them not only once their said or acted out, but, stop them when there already in our head. Many people will be bias without recognizing it. I noticed I was able to notice my biases more once I found my teaching Identity.