Leon Craig, a senior at George Washington High School, reaches out to pet a barn cat during a tour at Eastern Hancock High School. Students from the Indianapolis high school visited Eastern Hancock - and spent time learning about the school's ag program - on Thursday as part of an exchange program designed to break down stereotypes and preconceptions. EH students will visit George Washington later. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Tall and slim and looking as if he felt a little out of place standing amid pork jowls in the Eastern Hancock High School ag barn on a cold, rainy Thursday morning, George Washington Community High School senior Deontz Alexander couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
“You want to touch the pig?” asked his teacher, Amanda Pfaff Ruble, after EH ag science and business teacher Scott Jacobs explained precisely where bacon comes from.
“No!” Deontz popped. And then to a friend, “I don’t even know why she asked me that.”
Deontz and 17 other high school students from George Washington, which is part of Indianapolis Public Schools, made the nearly 40-mile trip to EH Thursday as part of Ruble’s elective psychology class to examine and dissect social stereotypes.
Ruble, a sixth-year IPS teacher and the daughter of Eastern Hancock High School Principal Dave Pfaff, said the idea came about after one of her students made a comment last year about rural living that was clearly based more on stereotypes and preconceptions than fact.
Ruble would know. She grew up at EH.
“I talked to Dad about it, and he said, ‘Why don’t you bring them out (to EH)?’”