On Tues., Mar. 21, the Archbishop McNicholas High School Class of 2017 visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The trip complemented the curriculum from the social justice and world religion classes all seniors take their last year in high school.
“I think the visit to the Freedom Center was very relative to what I am learning in social justice now,” senior Katie Schoolfield said. “People are discriminated against for their religion, sex, race, age, disabilities and more. We as the leaders of the next generation need to be aware of this and try to figure out ways to make sure no barriers are ever keeping someone from their Authentic Human Development.”
The seniors broke into groups to participate in three important activities:
- The Rosa Parks Experience-A virtual reality experience that puts viewers on the bus December 1, 1955, in Montgomery.
- Implicit Bias-Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a "virtual laboratory" for collecting data on the Internet.
- History of Slavery and Road to Freedom-Students looked at slavery in America as well as contemporary slavery and injustice and studied how abolitionists continue to stand on faith to help bring an end slavery then and now.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Rosa Parks Experience and the Implicit Bias survey, because they both encouraged me to think outside my own realm of experience, as well as think about what my life has caused me to inherently think about people without knowing them,” senior Josh Hoeflich said. “The Rosa Parks Experience was one that shows people what it was and is like to have someone in your face, discriminating against who you are simply because you are different. Some of us may have experience with that, but it may be more subtle today than it was then.”