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Change GoN’ Come…

October 26, 2011

Not a day goes by without me thinking about the students from my Stereotypes class. This has been, in so many ways, a challenging semester for them and for me. We are covering issues that, through their own admission, they have never even thought about before now. For so long the issues of race, class, and gender have been swept under the rug, dismissed as being unimportant, or just simply ignored. Those days have ended. These are the issues that we must discuss, we must address, and we must get through – regardless of what it will cost us.  Now I must admit, that there is a chance that the cost to pay for getting to the other side of these issues might be too great but that is the chance that I think is worth taking. One of my brightest students came into my office today and told me that this is the only class that they have taken at Loyola where they are forced to think about who they are, where they have come from, and how all of these issues make them who they are and will be in this world. My student said that my class has forced them to think about and confront some of the issues that they chose not to deal with when they were in high school (my student attended a private school and was one of only four students of color). My student is now revisiting past situations and finally starting to see them for what they were…unfortunately these are hard issues and we are imperfect people who constantly and consistently fall short. At the same time, there are times when we do it get it right. I like to think that in my Stereotypes class we are trying to find a way to get it right more often that we get it wrong.  someday…

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