Empathy, Inequity and Summer Vacation
Updated: Sep 20, 2018
Am I being too sensitive on this issue? Maybe— but it seems worthy of consideration.
Where did you go this summer? is a simple enough question. And why shouldn't we ask it? After all, aren't we excited to learn about our students' summer experiences? The only problem is that many students don't actually go anywhere they wouldn't normally go during the course of the school year.
The point is that everyone can't afford a trip to Europe let alone tuition to a local summer camp. I am not suggesting that there aren't affordable camps or that not going to camp is some tragedy of life. Nor am I suggesting that anyone should feel guilty about being able to take your children abroad. I simply want to offer a perspective; so that in our enthusiasm to welcome students to the new school year, we don't inadvertently celebrate inequity. As an alternative, I might ask How was your summer? and let the student answer the question however she sees fit. Am I being too sensitive on this issue? Maybe— but it seems worthy of consideration. I welcome your thoughts.