Growing up, I attended a very culturally diverse school in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. Unlike many of my peers, I had been exposed to what racism is and how to combat it at a very young age. In my eyes my teachers were extremely proactive in obtaining literature that was from different perspectives and we often had discussions about each text. I can remember reading a different novel each month or so, that touched on a different part of the world from grade 5 onwards. Where they culturally appropriate? I was not sure, but I do remember being excited to learn about it, to say the least. I am very proud of the growth and awareness I had learned while attending this school. Although this experience was an excellent base for my lense, when I attended highschool this all got flipped around.
High School was quite a culture shock for me. I went from a culturally inclusive school to a predominantly white school. This is where I think my biases had changed. My reading literature was almost always Shakesphere, and the other novel choices were also eurocentric perspectives. We learned about what life was like as a white male in Europe and never really addressed anything else. The voices of other cultures were nonexistent, and even the viewpoint of a white female was lacking.
For me, I struggle to identify the biases that I can bring into the classroom. I do not think that I am educated with all of the knowledge I need to know in order to teach a class tomorrow on different perspectives. I think that my own experience was able to give me an excellent head start to the improvement of curriculum and teaching. I am working against my negative biases by learning how to identify them. I want to learn why these biases are harmful, and I want to learn how I can change these biases to create an inclusive classroom.