Week Three: September 24th & 26th
In this weeks seminary, we did a class activity called The Power of an Illusion. Our seminar leader, Audrey Aamodt instructed our class to come up with a consensus classifying each individual by race. While it seems like an easy, multiple choice activity, it turned into a discussion that I never saw coming.
When asked if any of us felt uncomfortable participating in the activity, the majority of the class put their hands up. Audrey then asked if one of those students would like to explain why they felt uncomfortable. Some students raised their concern about why we are classifying students by race solely on their appearance, and how as teachers it is important that we don’t classify or categorize our students by race. To which another student replied about how there is a difference about talking about race and being racist. The same student also suggested how it is important to talk about race, as it is often a touchy subject that most are shy to speak of because they don’t want to say anything considered controversial.
I found it very interesting to witness how uncomfortable and almost offended some students were to partake in the activity, and was intrigued by the conversations towards the activity. It was easy for me to reflect to both students arguments. As teachers, we should avoid stereotypes towards our students based on their race or appearances. However, it is also important that we don’t shy away from race and hide it under the rug, pretending that it’s not there. Rather, we should appreciate the diversity amongst our students.
What are your opinions? Do you agree/relate more with the first student or the second student and why?