My sister Ginny asked me nearly a month ago if I would be willing to let her use this space for a school project. I told her I’d be happy to help even though I feared I had no readers left, and then of course I forgot about the existence of other humans and never put up the post. So I’m doing it now.
Ginny is in her last year of college and hopes to graduate so she can become an elementary school teacher and rock the minds of young Americans. If you don’t help with this she might fail and it will be your fault.
Is that sufficient motivation? If so, here are some details of the project:
I would like to interview random students, family, and friends to discover if there were times in school when they felt “different” and to see how these situations may or may not have been addressed by teachers. I will inquire about how the subject came to the decision that they were “different” – were they told by someone that they were “different”, or was it something they could see or feel? I will try to find out if the subject of the interview saw being “different” as an asset or hindrance and how it may have affected their ability to learn.
And here are her interview questions. Please feel free to respond in email if you’d like to participate but would rather not post a comment. You can use the contact link to send me a message.
- What is your current age?
- What is your gender?
- How would you classify yourself racially/ethnically?
- How would you classify yourself socially/economically?
- Was there ever a time in school when you felt “different” than the majority of the children in your class or school?
- What made you “different?”
- How did you become aware of this “difference?”
- What grade/how old were you when you felt this “difference?”
- Did you feel that your “difference” was an asset in school or a hindrance?
- Do you feel that being “different” or feeling “different” had an effect on your ability to learn and succeed in school?
- Was your “difference” ever addressed by a teacher or administrator? If so, how was your “difference” addressed and in what context?
- In which state/country did you live when this occurred?
- Would you say that your school was very diverse, moderately diverse, somewhat diverse, or not diverse at all?
- What racial/ethnic groups do you remember that were represented in your school and which was the dominant group?
- Do you feel that the level of diversity that you experienced in school had an impact on your interactions with diverse groups of people later in your life?
- If so, how did your early experiences impact your experiences later in life?
Ginny hopes to analyze the responses to her questions to see what kinds of patterns might emerge. I hope you’ll consider helping out with this project – thanks in advance!