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We live in a racist world

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.

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Treaty Education is Essential

Learning and teaching about Treaty Education and Aboriginal culture is so important in classrooms today. I think that whether you have aboriginal students in your classroom, you as a teacher, need to implement these cultural aspects. Students learn about different cultures than their own, which I think it so important. Students should have the opportunity to learn about the past so that as a new generation, they can help implement positive ideas about other cultures. I don’t remember being taught about Treaty Education or Aboriginal Culture at all when I was in Elementary school. I think that if I did, I would be more open to ideas and diversity of other cultures. My school growing up consisted of 90% white girls and boys. There was no diversity, so maybe my teachers thought since we didn’t have diversity, that it wouldn’t be important to teach it. It is so important though. Students need to learn the truth about what happened and how to help the healing process.

When Claire presented to us the phrase, “we are all treaty people,” I was confused. I always thought that “treaty people” were only First Nations or Aboriginal people. I now know that I was wrong. Even though I am not Aboriginal or First Nations, I am still considered a “treaty person.” I am a member of treaty 4, thus making me a treaty person.

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Curriculum Shapes Us

Obviously Curriculum is very important to being able to teach. Without it, we wouldn’t have a guideline of what to teach. Curriculum has shaped the teacher I am today by showing me what teachers are always supposed to implement in the classroom. In a sense, it is so much more than that. It shows me that there are so many things that I can do as a teacher not only from the curriculum. There are so many hidden things in Curriculums that I never realized before.

I think now that I am more aware of the hidden curriculum will help me with implementing the curriculum and what I feel is important vs. irrelevant. Hidden curriculum in a sense changed the way I think about teaching. There are positive and negative implements of hidden curriculum. Of course I want to be able to implement the important positive aspects of it. I will also remember the negative aspects and to make sure to educate myself on not implementing those ideas.

Things that I need to put front and centre in my teaching is talking, discussing and doing activities based on different cultures. Just from the past few weeks of being in class, I have realized that culture is so important in the education system and implementing it in the classroom. Treaty education, Aboriginal Culture, and diversity are also topics that I think are essential for children to learn. Me, being a white privileged student, could have difficulty implementing these aspects, but that is why we educate ourselves and bring in elders etc to talk about the topics.