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How has your upbringing/schooling shaped how you you “read the world?” What biases and
lenses do you bring to the classroom? How might we unlearn / work against these biases?

My upbringing is a bit of an awkward one. One of the things that is not very often talked about
in the classrooms I’ve been in and something that I have had to deal with my entire life is on the
topic of the autism spectrum. My world has been very much so shaped by my Aspergers and this
has changed how I see the world greatly. The only bias I bring towards the classroom is one of
sympathy to children with autism. We all act based on our experiences and through having first
hand knowledge of the difficulties that comes with autism and different ways of processing
knowledge. I might try and make specialized lessons for children with autism based on ways in
which I found success through my own studies on autism. Yet, I do not want to unlearn these
biases. There are biases within the school system that we as educators allow to flourish while
not even thinking about them. The child that can only think in a visual style will never be able to
write a paper in a single class, but that is the norm in many high schools (in Alberta). This is the
neurotypical bias that is seen within every school. I will keep my bias towards helping children
with autism because they need the extra help. Things like just giving them extra time will never
be a solution as there is more to mental processes than just giving more time to do something
they can’t do.

Which “single stories” were present in your own schooling? Whose truth mattered?

The only truth that mattered was what the teacher told us. I have had a very diverse education.
The elementary school that I went to taught us more indigenous content than european (this is
not a complaint) and when I moved to alberta I was met with a completely different worldview.
In alberta there was much more of a mixed view when approaching treaty ed and education.
Treaty ed was more so something that would stay within the social studies and english rather
than the maths and sciences. There was a bias in calgary, yet this bias was as much of a bias
as indigenous education was a bias in my elementary school. In my education I have been
taught that there is no single story and I am glad that I was taught this way. I was taught that
it was not a matter of whose truth, it was more of a matter of what one’s own truth was based
off of what they learned.


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