Friday, September 28, 2012

Social Justice and the 100 Languages

When asked to describe how the Hundred Languages poem made her feel, S. expressed her anger at the unfairness of the situation.  She then began to think about it as a form of social injustice – of adults imposing their views on children and stealing away their languages.  Using her hands, she demonstrated how a scale worked and how it can be used to represent either equality or inequality.  Her idea became a picture of a scale, with a boulder and a pebble, which despite the differences in size, had equal weight.  “The boulder is the big people and the pebble is the child.”   

S:  This is a scale of the thing I was working on. I did a boulder and a pebble and they should be equal. These are holders that you put the stuff on to weigh. This is like a drum only it’s a base of the scale. This will weigh anything...if one is on the bottom it is the heaviest. I drew it equal because that’s the way it should be.

Her pictures inspired further work in the studio as the children examined both scales and pulleys to demonstrate equal weight.

S/D:  We went to Anna’s studio and we talked about the scale. Pretty much we were experimenting with a thing like this (points to metal scale) but it was a little different.

D:  [I made] a seesaw. I had two cans and then I taped them to a pole that I had taped to a wooden pole.

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