The whiteness I have experienced throughout my teenage years was the oppression of ideas upon me; whether it be religion, politics, philosophy, etc., I feel as though in many circumstances from my teenagehood people have tried to sway me in ways of having similar beliefs as them. I, an Agnostic Liberal, went to a rather Conservative, Christian high school and grew up in a Republican family. In economics class, I would be shamed for thinking socialism was a reasonable idea and be called a “communist.” This type of learning environment was not generally safe for me to grow as an academic. At family dinners, I would be called “crazy” for supporting a Democrat. This whiteness that I had to deal with made me doubt myself at many times but now, at college, I am feeling that I have escaped from this whiteness and can express my ideas freely without repercussions.
Teachers put students in small groups for discussions so they don’t have to be the only ones talking; they want students to hear the ideas of their classmates and to either resonate or argue with them. Students and teachers alike learn more about other views and opinions. But, problems can arise when some students talk too much or too little or group members go off on tangents and talk about a topic that has little to do with the topic. This can also lead to one idea representing the whole group when the whole group doesn’t agree with it.