“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”
― John Dewey
“Much of what we learn involves making new interpretations that enable us to elaborate, further differentiate, and reinforce our long-established frames of reference or to create new meaning schemes. Perhaps even more central to…learning…is the process of reflection back on prior learning to determine whether what we have learned is justified under present circumstances.”
(Jack Mezirow, How Critical Reflection Triggers Transformative Learning, Chapter 1, Fostering Critical Reflection in Adulthood by J. Mezirow and Associates, 1990, Jossey Bass, pp. 1- 20.)
The SSS students, Mrs. James, and Meagan all engaged in various modes of reflection throughout and after the conclusion of our project, Why Are Our Teachers Racist? These reflections are compiled here as one opportunity to illustrate how our thinking and feeling about the project, racism, and social action changed and grew over two years.
It is our hope that these reflections will show the complexity of learning: how we grew and were transformed in some ways and remained unchanged in others.
Tear Down Racism, Build Up Unity