The values workshop was a very eye-opening experience. This is because the task we were giving had an alternative meaning linked to the inequalities of children in education. Each group were giving resources to complete an object that would be useful for a new student on campus and they were then rated out of 10. We thought each group had an equal amount of resources. However, this was not the case as one group had way more than anyone else with scissors, cello tape, paper and pens whereas one group only had paper and a few paper clips. The first group with the best materials were then favored by the lecturer which was very unfair, considering each group did their best with what they had been giving. This links with the fact that children should not be judged/marked on the materials they have but their effort in the classroom and how the contribute in lessons.
The task highlighted how children all come from different backgrounds. Some children may come from more affluent areas, so they don’t always think that others may not be as lucky as them. Those children living in areas of poverty may only receive one hot meal a day and that is their free school dinner. This is a major inequality and the child’s background can impact their education. Therefore, as an educator you must be more sympathetic to actions of the child due to what may be going on at home which can emotionally affect them.
This task has truly impacted my views and made me think more about my actions and how to be aware of inequalities that affect many families. The inequalities if not identified/highlighted can negatively affect the child’s education. When identified the teacher can therefore then look out for the child and give them additional help and support when needed.