Students at Marvin Ridge High got a look recently at how workers around the world live.
Thirty-one-year-old writer Kelsey Timmerman, an Indiana native, talked to the students about his book “Where Am I Wearing?”, which summer reading for students.
To write the book, Timmerman visited the countries, factories and workers who create the clothes people wear.
“I’m just a guy who wears blue jeans that went to meet the people who made them,” Timmerman said. “I wasn’t planning to track down child labor or looking to find awful sweatshop conditions.”
Mainly, he learned that workers around the world, no matter the circumstance, are just people doing a job. “Too often we paint these people as poor, downtrodden victims of globalization, and they’re just people with thoughts, hopes and dreams and family members,” he said.
To coincide with Timmerman’s visit, students watched a documentary on people in China manufacturing clothes, and teachers incorporated the topic into their lesson plans. History classes, for example, looked at the issues from historical perspective, while art students may have created various designs from a global perspective.