In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus advises the protagonist, Scout, that she’ll get along better with others if she can take on alternative perspectives: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” With this in mind, one 8th grade classroom at Canfield Village Middle School has a class motto, “Everyone’s stories matters.” This month, students in Mrs. Sabrina Eaton’s class heard from Freddie Seitz.
Seitz was born with Goldenhar Syndrome and as a result, he was born without an ear and has several facial deformities. He has gone thru 100's of surgeries. He has also lost his hearing as a baby. Seitz has overcome many obstacles in his life and just recently graduated from the University of Akron. He has started speaking at many local schools about acceptance.
Eaton says, “Through visits like this, we gain powerful, perspective, insight and respect for people. Not only does this give way to incorporate enduring ideas and understandings from the Common Core State Standards, but it gives my students an authentic experience about what it means to be a citizen, something they will take far beyond the classroom walls.