How Stories Shape Our Lives

This article by Sudie Hofmann brings awareness of the complexities of many student’s family dynamic, specifically absentee parents, and how curriculum can be used to salt the wounds that so many kids have. Projects like fathers day presents or family trees often are used to help children reflect on their families, but more and more families are becoming a sensitive and even hurtful topic. Issues of family diversity are not as obvious to us as other forms of diversity and is even more tricky to identify because students are generally quite private about family affairs. The best way to avoid singling out students who don’t belong to traditional families is not to provide alternative projects for them but to move away from typical fathers day and mothers day projects all together because students can be hurt by them if they don’t fit the norm.



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