We have gone over many important topics in lecture and seminar for this class. One topic that really stuck with me was on race. Diversity and race are all around us. Sometimes we fear it and sometimes we embrace it. It is such a sad thing to say that we live in a racist world but this is the truth. We walk around Muslims or First Nations people in fear, but why is this? One of the most important things I learned while in my ELNG placement that a teacher was talking about to her students is that “all cultures can be racist, not just one.” I think what this is really saying is that yes, as white settlers we are racist. Isn’t everyone though?
As a future teacher, I think it would be so important to teach about race and racism. Anytime I think about teaching this, I struggle with concepts to talk about and ways to implement it. I fear that I am going to offend someone or say the wrong thing. One thing that I took from Clair’s presentation is that everyone makes mistakes and that’s okay. I think as a teacher it is so important to recognize the past, but implement what we can do to the present and future to make our world less racist and prejudice. I only hope for the day that we don’t walk around on our tip toes because a Muslim or African American person is around us.