Kane S. said, “when one race says something, it’s considered fine, but when another says the same thing, it’s considered racist, bad, and not okay” Kane also said, “the hand is white to show that sometimes white people pick their own race over black people or vice versa.”
Sukhman C. said, “on social media when you comment things, there is always a human being on the other side with feelings and emotions.” She also added “the girl is just trying to do something nice, and her haters are putting her down”
Marco said, “parents put gender rules on kids at an early age.” He further stated that “the little girl wants to play superheroes and adults are telling her it’s a ‘boy only’ game. On the other side, the little boy wants to dress up as a princess, but people are telling him it’s ‘only for girls.’ Marco then added that “some parents restrict children and hold them back from expressing themselves, and it makes them feel like they don’t belong by liking the things that they do.”
Ella W. speaks about body image by saying “how you can see yourself and how you feel impacts your confidence and body image” Ella also said, “the girl feels like she needs to change her body, when she is already just who she needs to be.”
Zoey L. explained the main message of her poster as “a lot of people tend to mask their emotions with fake happiness” she also said, “social media influencers tend to make everything seem perfect when really, it’s the opposite.
Sophia H. said that her poster represents “when people are poor or homeless people like to tell them to just get a job or just work when there are a lot of things holding them back like race, gender, debt, etc.” She explained further and said, “people who have a lot of money that haven’t worked for it don't know the value of how hard people have to work.”
Unlearning at North Ward Public School
THURSDAY, APR. 7, 2022
Classrooms across Grand Erie make good use of unlearn materials to generate meaningful discussions around issues of social and cultural inequity, challenge thinking around unconscious biases, and inspire positive change. The thought-provoking designs are a powerful tool for culturally responsive education, and provide an equity lens for looking at local and global issues like climate change, mental health, anti-racism, 2SLGBTQ+, and power and privilege.
At North Ward School, educators Rachel Quinn and Jennifer Field worked with grade 8 students to take their unlearning to another level, designing their own posters to inspire critical thinking. Check out their work, including commentary provided through interviews with fellow student Aurora S.