This project was instigated by my 4th grade students at The Brunswick School in Greenwich CT. The original title was called: From A Kids' Point of View: The ABC's of Misunderstanding. My students envisioned a book to showcase the visual interpretations of current issues and terms associated with a single word A-Z (B= Bias or Brotherhood). The projected expanded when I complete my doctoral degree and then taught undergraduate and graduate courses in four states (CT, NY, TX & AZ) and with teachers in two countries.
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Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1990) reminds us that children’s rich cultural capital (subtleties of language, artistic preferences, unique knowledge bases and links to resources) accompanies them to school. Dewey (1938) states, “ I assume that amid all uncertainties, there is one frame of reference: namely, the organic connection between education and personal experience,“(p. 25)
There remains an unpredictable manner to how kids’ view their realities, experiences and discoveries. Notice the detail in this image below?
What are kids thinking when they ponder issue-oriented terms: Equality, Democracy, Immigration?