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Talking, Oklahoman to Oklahoman

By: Barbara Howry
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 4
Date: September-October 2002

Summary: Students from an urban community in Oklahoma, stereotyped by students from Georgia during an online exchange, learn a lesson when they realize they have stereotyped another group of students.



It would not be correct to say that my students held the view that all teenagers in Oklahoma were just like them. They knew there was an exotic world out there beyond their immediate reach. A few of my girls, for example, decided before we began this connection that they wanted to find a 'cowboy.' They went after this assignment with humor and excitement. Demonstrating that kids will be kids no matter where they live, the guys in my class were just a bit put out with the girls' interest in this alien type.

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