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.
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.