Boot Straps. Everyone has a Story. Meritocracy
“Pulling oneself up by their boot straps”, has a whole new meaning to me now, as well as, “Meritocracy”.
Andrew Stanton, a storyteller and film director for PIXAR, once said in a Ted Talk, “there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love after hearing their story”. That is something that has stuck with me for a while now. It was brought up again in our class in discussion, and David spoke to us of it as well. “Love your students,” David said, and I think he is right. We have to rise above our own biases and learn the stories of all our students. They are not blank slates. They come to us full of knowledge, and it is our job, our responsibility to tap into their reserves and help guide them on a path of learning that will transcend school and navigate them throughout their lives.
I grew up believing there were boot straps and an equal meritocracy for those who worked hard. I see now how wrong that is. While for some it might be true, it is more often than not the case. Someone’s culture can greatly determine their access to those powers.
Recognizing and respecting that everyone has a story will be the way I implement CRT within my classroom and life. This course touched the tip of the iceberg, but my learning will have to be continuous and my reflections will have to continue in order to be the most effective and responsive teacher I can be.