I don’t follow Jen Hatmaker, but from time to time I have read her posts, such as her three posts on ethics after Kathryn Joyce’s “The Child Catchers” came out, which caused the people in the Orphan Adoption Movement (or whatever they call themselves) to get so upset.
Yesterday, this FB post from her was linked too, on another page. I read it, and then had to go back one FB post to understand what the uproar was all about. It seems there were several vocal adoptee’s telling her she was wrong in emailing the teacher/school requesting a heads up when any family assignments were going to be happening. The gist of their messages were that their lineage was their adoptive families lineage, and they didn’t have any adoptee grief, or issues, and basically that if she treated her kids like they were just her kids – all would be well…
I liked that she stood up for her kids, I like that she addressed that everyone’s story is their own, and no-one should be tearing down someone else’s feelings, or stories, and criticizing them because their story is different.
I can see how Family Tree and All About Me assignments could be very be hard, especially if you were adopted at an older age, or are a transracial adoptive family (or both). With the sheer diversity in families these days, I think it may be time to do away with these projects altogether. Surely, they can find something else to offer the entire class, that would teach whatever it is, that they want the students to understand from that lesson. I’d be asking what they hope their students learn from them, and if they can’t give a good answer, then lobby to get rid of them altogether.