Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bound by Iron rivers

Into my first week working with the Passaic River Institute's summer camp for 7th and 8th graders from Inner city, NJ and loving it. Did I get what I "expected" thus far? Alright so I admit that I did come in with expectations, whether intentional or not. Is it negative or positive that they were or were not fulfilled?

Neither, really. It is an experience. Both the students and myself are learning. I love it when I can learn from the students as well.

The racial population is quite different from what I had expected to see, but often the geography and social extensions of a city can affect where people of different backgrounds and cultures choose to settle and live.

So our group is fabulous on week 1 and a potentially quite controversial question: does this have anything to do wih their race?