The majority of my students are powerful, strong willed, intelligent, and dedicated Black Americans. They continually challenge and uplift themselves in ways that never cease to amaze me. They are creative beyond belief, they ask the right questions, and they are unceasingly resilient, and hardworking.
Despite coming from a historically neglected neighborhood in Minneapolis, my students recognize the powerful potential of a good education.
From policies of abandonment and a history of racism that is ongoing my students are faced with bigger hurdles than most. And yet they take on these realities with the help of loving families, supportive community members and schools and (most importantly) a focused mind.
Getting out of school on a field trip is always more fun, engaging, and memorable than staying in the classroom. By helping my students go on this field trip to the Como Zoo they will better understand the diversity of life around them and the importance of ecology.
World History courses are often focused on the stories of humans, but with so many species on the brink of extinction I want my students to understand how important the stories of other species are.
Seeing all these plants and animals will not only help them appreciate and cherish other forms of life, but will also illuminate and expand their perspective in their day to day lives.
Students will also be answering questions around the morality of caging of other animals. After seeing animals in cages do they support or oppose it? How do humans justify caging animals? What are the benefits to having Zoos? What are the draw backs? Is caging animals an effective solution to prevent species from going extinct? These types of questions will help students think about the idea of human superiority that became more pronounced with the advent of Civilization.
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