#5 Mining my Mind Map

This week I actually got the chance to sit down with my mentor and talk about what my topic for my project should be. We looked at my mind map ad discussed where we we could go with the ideas that I already generated. We both liked the idea of a small community focus that would allow us to have big results/change. Thinking about our school and the picture that I had in my head for my project we came up with the topic of “The Trouble With Tradition”. This topic will have the ability to cover all of the aspects of my school that I was looking to change and give me the opportunity to learn more about how things have evolved/grown/changed in my school.

When I made my mind map I had a section focused on the Danville School Community and I was thinking about how welcoming (or so I think) my school is , but also what opportunities I would have for interviews within my school’s faculty/student body. I want to take my small school community and look at the dysfunctions that we have. What is the route of our biggest controversy? In the discussion with my mentor we thought about one of the biggest controversies that our school has faced recently and realized more issues have stemmed from that as well. Int he past 10 years our school has been fighting to keep our mascot (The indian) after concern started to rise around the country. I recently have been thinking about how tradition and traditional ideas are the basis for a lot of events, morals, and the thinking processes of many people in my school and surrounding community. Traditional ideals at Danville can be seen everywhere. Tradition may be good for a base for many things, but it does not encompass the changing and growing society that we live in. It does not allow for new ideals to be brought into our everyday lives. Tradition plays a big role in Danville’s community, but I would like to find where things really need to be changed for the betterment of our school.

For my project I would like to interview many of the faculty at Danville (old and new) to get a better understanding of their vies on tradition, but also get an idea of how it has affected their jobs/teaching at Danville. I also would like to look at things that you would not necessarily think have anything to do with tradition, but seem to have a connection to it in my community, such as: gender norms, dress code, politics (Student gov., NHS), LGBTQ+ community acceptance, and acceptance overall. I want this project to be a learning experience for me and I am excited to be learning about my community and the history (past traditions) of my school as well as get a better understanding of what needs to be changed for our school to continue evolving. I plan to interview my guidance counselor (7 years at Danville…. same amount of time as me), a math teacher (10+ years), a PE teacher (20+ years), and my schools new principal who has a very forward thinking process and is completely new to the Danville community. I would also like to interview some of the student body, new students, students who have spent their entire lives at Danville, students who have siblings that have graduated from Danville and get an understanding of how much they all cherish tradition (or don’t).

Katelyn Brown

One Response to “#5 Mining my Mind Map

  • Abigail Bartell
    3 years ago


    Katelyn, I feel like this is a huge step in your research and work. I’m not sure I can be totally objective on this matter as I have VERY strong feelings about some of the subtopics. However, I feel like you have a good grasp of the parties involved and how to go about getting a full picture of the situation(s).

    Tradition is a sticky subject at our school (and probably everywhere)- it’s both a good thing, and a hindrance. It gives people a place, but can also alienate those who are not of that place. You will certainly have a wide range of opinions to examine in our community.

    As far as our mascot debate goes, this link goes to a document I started when I was thinking about a similar topic for my Master’s research. I’m sure you will find more as you go… https://docs.google.com/document/d/10izaVPqpcuDqX5AXtDNaAb8YUvL5pDl7wcGoyWmiT2Q/edit?usp=sharing

    One last (well, probably not really…) consideration is how you might fare emotionally and socially with this topic- the traditions at our school run deep, as do the opinions of almost everyone involved. It’s a huge topic to take on, and while you 100% have my support, I do worry a little bit about how this research might affect you personally (family, community, etc.)

    Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

    You have your work cut out for you…I can’t wait to see how you get that work done!


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