I grew up in a small town called Tisdale which is about three hours north east from Regina. There are two schools in the town, an elementary school from K-6 and a middle/secondary school from 6-12. My graduating class was together from the very start and we always had each other’s backs making for a very positive schooling experience. I also was lucky enough to have strong relationships with my teachers and I am fortunate enough to still have those strong relationships today. Since I went through school with such a close-knit group, I had a very positive experience. I would not call our town “perfect” but when I was younger, I definitely had that mind set. I think I had this mind set because I never really faced any major problems or hardships; I had two happily married parents, 3 younger sisters, a roof over my head, food on the table, etc. I have been away from home for three years and in those three years I have realized that the type of life I had growing up is far from typical. I have met so many people that have really opened my eyes to how different we all are. Since being here and taking various education classes, I have learned that I will have students that come from very different walks of life and I have to put my own experiences aside in order to provide the best education possible for all of my students.
In the TED Talk, Chimamanda Adichie mentions how impressionable children are, and the more that I think about it, the more I realized that I was that impressionable child thinking that everyone lived the same life as me. I had the impression that everyone went to a school like mine where there were around 20 students in each class, and you knew everyone, and everyone knew you. Like most small towns, Tisdale was a very white community. This effected our schooling as we only learned about Europeans and their ways of life. It was very odd if we did learn about other cultures. Although, in grade 9, students from the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation (located south of Tisdale) join our high school. I remember being in grade 9 and being introduced to these students and hearing how different their schooling up to grade 9 was compared to ours. Although treaty ed became more prominent after these students arrived, it was still brushed under the rug and European ways were still superior because that was the schools “single story”. This TED Talk really made me realize how impressionable children are and how there are various different ways to look at life and teachers really need to take that into consideration.