Not In Our School Activity: Dissolving StereotypesOn August 13, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Today we are doing an activity called Dissolving Stereotypes. This is our final culminating event of Not In Our School week The way it works is students write down stereotypes that they’ve heard or have that they would like to get rid of. Then they put it in the water and it dissolves. The metaphor is that we’re dissolving some of the stereotypes that we’ve discussed all week. After we’ve thought about, we’ve reflected, we’ve seen these things happen, we should take action to stop it. I’m Egyptian and I dissolved the stereotype that all Arabs are terrorists. Because, they are not. I wrote, “Mormon’s are polygamists” on my stereotype that I wanted to dissolve. Because a lot of times kids come up to me and say, “Oh you’re Mormon, so do you have ten moms?” I understand people usually mean it in fun, but I think it’s dangerous to let misconceptions like that spread. People will start to believe it! My stereotype is, “Jews are rich.” It’s very common in this area to hear stuff like that. Like, Jewish jokes. So it feels good to release it with everybody else’s. They’re dissolving! Look at that one! It looks really pretty if you have a whole day to watch the colors in the water and the papers dissolving.