Hart, Regina, Tami and I had a great visit today at Bowie HS, which is one of the two largest high schools in AISD by population. It is also one of the 4 of our high schools to have a JROTC program. Several of the students who came to the table were in the program and were open to talking with us about their plans and to take some literature which offers advice for those who may be planning to enlist in the military after high school. Also, Hart and Regina, as veterans (Army and Marines, respectively) were able to impart some of their own experience. Regina is a survivor of military sexual trauma (MST) and had one of her "Fatigues Clothesline Project" shirts on hand, a military jacket upon which had been written messages by other survivors of MST.
|interesting juxtaposition of a student poster that was up next to the Fatigues Clothesline piece that we placed behind our table.|
We tabled during the two lunch periods, and about 20 students per period completed the t-shirt challenge, which included voting in the Penny Poll (results: 25% of the budget priority for Education, 25% for Health Care, 21% for the Military, 15% for the Environment, 14% for Humanitarian Aid) and writing down their thoughts about our Super-villain question. We really appreciated their sincere and thoughtful responses and their participation.
A few observations:
Quite a few students didn't know where North Dakota is. We were happy to discover that the current issue of the Bowie HS student newspaper, "The Lone Star Dispatch" had a student editorial about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the events that occasioned our geography question of the day. When we showed students the paper, none that we spoke with had seen the editorial! We hope more will read their school newspaper!
|The question we ask as the alternative at the chin-up bar, both photos from the Standing Rock protests|
Also, several students asked us what "resist" meant in terms of resisting the super-villains. And several asked us what "militarism" meant. None addressed it in their written responses. We pointed to the photo above as one example -- the use of more military equipment among police forces in the US.
Many thanks to all students who engaged with our materials and the t-shirt challenge and were open to expressing their opinions. We appreciate students discussing these issues and sharing in this critical thinking process with us.
Here are the student responses to the question: "Of the Super-villains: Sexism, Racism, Poverty, Militarism and Homophobia, which will you resist? How?"
Sexism because it annoys me and is really rude. If people just let girls be girls life would be better.