Peeps on the Street: Community reacts to second advisory lesson addressing race
On Tuesday, Jan. 12 all advisories participated in a second lesson addressing race. Each student received an "identity" with distinct demographics, and moved forward or backwards based on whether these features were privileges or disadvantages.
Kendall McGowan, Managing News Editor
Sophomore David Ofir
“I thought it was generally good but based on stereotypes too much. It was showing how people with disabilities and/or people of different races were less likely to succeed and that’s not 100 percent true. I thought that they should have made more normal and average people.”
Math teacher Susan Flicop
"I thought it was a really great thing to do in high school. I didn’t go to a very diverse high school and I think I would have really appreciated something like that. I think I really would have learned a lot as a high school student if they had done that in my old high school."
Junior Matthew Goldstein
“It feels relatively pointless because it’s not really saying anything. I can’t speak for everyone, but personally I feel like it pointed out that people have disadvantages in their lives because of race and many other factors. I already knew that. I find these activities or anything about race to be more meaningful if it's trying to make a statement, has something about what should happen, inste...
Freshman Sarina DaRosa
"I would say [the advisory activity] was pretty good. It was fun."
Sophomore Victor Mercola
“I’m not one to experience much race because I have gone to all these super-posh, private schools. This is really new to me. I haven’t experienced race issues, never gone through/ helped/seen anyone go through an identity crisis.”
Senior Horizon Starwood
“I felt as if it was really letting me experience the feeling of inequality by being in someone else’s shoes. Even in only 45 minutes, I got to see what it felt like to be a different race or gender.”
Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Gary Shiffman
"When it got to the questions I ended up improvising a little bit. I always do, anyway. I like to ask my own questions. The question that I found that worked the best was to ask people first: in your role, name your greatest unearned advantage in life and your greatest unearned disadvantage in life? We went around and I called on some folks. Then I said alright, throw away your fake identity. This...
Senior Jairo Balanzar
“I thought it was very interesting and cool to know about how people were in their situations. How far financially, overall how some people can feel alone and how some people live a good life. It has opened my eyes, just to be aware.”
Junior Jennifer Roh
“I thought the advisory activity we did yesterday was better than the first one actually. The first one was kind of personal and it was hard talking about our personal things with our advisory peers, because we’re not all friends. Yesterday, given a situation, it was better because we could actually talk about social class and everything.”
Social studies teacher Noah Gronlund-Jacob
"Our (lesson) went really well. I have a great group of kids, they’re sophomores, who were really engaged and really active with the activity and then were happy to participate in the discussion. We did a few things that were off script, though. Rather than looking at all of the characters, we only looked at the people who were in the front and the back, so what we did was we were able to compare...